In celebration of NoMa’s beautiful, new Alethia Tanner Park, and in honor of the remarkable legacy of the park’s namesake, the NoMa BID is hosting a new event: Alethia Tanner Day! In 2020, the NoMa BID’s sister organization, the NoMa Parks Foundation, delivered to local and District residents NoMa’s largest park property to date. The community at large voted to name our newest NoMa park after Alethia Tanner because of her resilience, ingenuity, and commitment to community.  Tanner was a formerly enslaved woman who purchased her freedom and the freedom of dozens of others and became a champion of education for Black men and women in the District. 

This year, we are thrilled to gather as a community and celebrate her legacy at the first annual Alethia Tanner Day on Saturday, July 23 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Alethia Tanner Park. The event will be comprised of a variety of exciting activations including art, music, and a market pop-up curated by Neighbors DC which features a lineup of Black female makers and vendors. Even more activations will be announced as the date approaches. 

Additionally, this year’s event will draw stakeholders and city officials from across the District, as well as descendants of Alethia Tanner herself, for a specialty signage dedication. This signage will describe the impact of Alethia Tanner’s life, and her many contributions to the D.C. community.  

As with all events the NoMa BID sponsors, Alethia Tanner Day is free and open to the public. We ask that those who plan on attending please RSVP so we can plan accordingly.