İstanbul Kültür University

Book Project: A Social History of Everret House, Washington, D.C.

The story of the Everett House - the former site of the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. and the current residence of the Turkish Ambassador - portrays a unique aspect of Turkish-American relations that has been rarely highlighted. Few know the constructive role that the Turkish Embassy and the Turkish Ambassador played during the years of racial segregation in the United States.

Ambassador Mehmet Münir Ertegün, respecting individual rights and liberties, opened the doors of his embassy residence to African-American jazz musicians during the 1930s, a period of widespread racism and discrimination against black people in America.

Sixty-seven years after Ambassador Ertegün’s death, GPoT Center is making this remarkable history accessible to the wider public in the form of a publication. With the contributions of leading scholars of the social, political, and architectural history of 1930s Washington, D.C. and including fascinating photographs, this publication covers the importance of the Everett House not only as a contributor to African-American culture and jazz music, but also as a symbol of the alliance between the United States and Turkey from the days of the Cold War to the present day.

Partners/sponsors:
  • Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Dates: September 2011 - April 2013

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