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March on Washington 50th Anniversary Oral History Project

 Digital Collection
Identifier: dcpl_ohp024


  • Creation: 2013



The March on Washington 50th Anniversary Oral History Project gathers first-hand accounts of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place at the National Mall on August 28, 1963.

Interviews include each individual's experience of the day and their personal journey to the event. The experiences range from that of Chris Hager, a white man, who hitchhiked from Ohio and details the differing reactions (positive and negative) of his ride-givers to Sondra Barret Hassan, a black student, who escorted Malcolm X to The Mall and Warren Hall, a black National Guardsman on duty at the March.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions to accessing this digital collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The D.C. Public Library holds copyright for all of the March on Washington Oral History Project interviews.

Biographical / Historical

The project began in spring 2013 with oral historian Kelly Navies conducting interviews in anticipation of the 50th Anniversary of the event. To date, six interviews have taken place and are cataloged here, along with one index. Interviews will continue to be gathered as part of this ongoing initiative as time and opportunity allow.

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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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