Lift Every Voice
— Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail —Thursday Evening, April 4, 1968. The news that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been assassinated in Memphis makes its way like lightning through the city. Nearby at 14th and U Streets — once the cultural heart of DC's African American community and a bustling area where hundreds change buses and shop — faces register first shock and then anger. People demand that businesses close out of respect for Dr. King. Then individuals begin breaking windows, looting some places, burning others. The violence spreads along U Street to this intersection, where, over the next three days, almost every white-owned business on Seventh between S Street and Florida Avenue is destroyed.
|Placed By||Cultural Tourism DC|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, June 29th, 2015 at 10:03am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 324706 N 4309202|
|Decimal Degrees||38.91423333, -77.02183333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 54.854', W 77° 1.31'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 54' 51.2400" N, 77° 1' 18.6000" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Area Code(s)||202, 703|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1801-1805 7th St NW, Washington DC 20001, US|
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