May 10, 2021

Moon Gives Talk on “Exploring Systemic Racism in Alexandria: Housing”

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon recently gave a talk on “Exploring Systemic Racism in Alexandria: Housing” on March 18 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Moon discussed “how the confluence of a Jim Crow past, plus development and market pressures, constrained the options of Blacks seeking to live in the city,” according to an article in the Alexandria Patch. Read more.

Moon Discusses Alexandria Neighborhood in The Washington Post

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon offered comments to The Washington Post on Lenox Place, a quiet townhome community in Alexandria’s Arlandia neighborhood, close to where Amazon’s second headquarters is being built in Crystal City. Past president of the Alexandria Historical Society, Moon has written papers on Alexandria history and participated in an event entitled, “From Arlandria to Chirilagua: The Remaking of a Northern Virginia Neighborhood, 1960s- 1980s,” as part of Episcopal High School’s community engagement program.

But not all Arlandrians are as receptive to their new neighbors. Known as “Chirilagua” after a town in El Salvador, Arlandria is a diverse community with a sizable Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Honduran and Mexican population. “It is like the world in microcosm,” said Krystyn Moon, professor of history and American studies at University of Mary Washington. Read more.

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Moon Interviewed about Civil War Era Black Performer

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon

Professor of History and American Studies Krystyn Moon was recently interviewed by Atlas Obscura about Thomas Dilward, one of the first African-American performers to tour with all-white minstrel troupes during the Civil War. Dilward made history as a member of these troupes, whose performances featured racist caricatures and exclusion, the article states. Later, he joined several black troupes that emerged after the Civil War.

Black troupes still performed white stereotypes of black people, but their performances allowed black people to gain some control over how they were portrayed on stage, and there were few other ways to make a living as a black performer, Moon says. Read more.

 

Moon Receives Annual Brenman Archaelogy in Alexandria Award

Krystyn Moon, third from the left, with the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee, which received the Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award.

Krystyn Moon, third from the left, with the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee, which received the Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award.

Professor of History and Director of American Studies Krystyn Moon was announced as one of the recipients of the annual Bernard “Ben” Brenman Archaeology in Alexandria Award. The awards, named in honor of the late Ben Brenman, a longtime Commission chair, were presented by Mayor Wilson on Wednesday, October 2 at the Alexandria City Council meeting.

For the past few years, Moon has volunteered as a historical researcher as part of the Fort Ward Interpretive Committee to provide an integrated narrative of a city park, which was the site of a Union fort and an African American neighborhood from the late 1860s through the 1960s. The city government had appointed Moon and others on the committee to work on this project. Most of the committee members were representatives from the local community, but Moon was brought on as both a city resident and a professional historian.

 

Moon Interviewed for Washingtonian Article

Joe Guinto, freelance writer for the Washingtonian, interviewed Krystyn Moon, associate professor in history and director of American studies, on hyper-consumerism in the Washington, D.C. metro area for his article, “How Much it Really Costs to Live in Washington.” The article appears in the November 2014 issue.  Moon teaches American consumerism as part of the American Studies program.