Self-Reliant People

Long a country town at the edge of Washington, DC’s urban center, Greater Deanwood rose from former slave plantations. It became one of Washington’s earliest predominantly African American communities.


Each painting below represents one of the stops on the Deanwood Heritage Trail. Click to see larger versions and full descriptions of what bit of history inspired each painting.

There are 15 stops on the Greater Deanwood Heritage Trail. Dana Ellyn is working towards creating a painting for every stop. Please check back often to see the newest paintings and learn a new bit of DC history with each visit!

Learn more about the Neighborhood Heritage Trails on the Cultural Tourism DC website.

Click here to return to main page to see paintings from all the Heritage Trail neighborhoods.

To purchase or inquire about a painting, please email:

© Dana Ellyn 2014