Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest

Glen Echo Civil Rights Protest (HMKD6)

Location: Glen Echo, MD 85301 Montgomery County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 57.974', W 77° 8.318'

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On June 30, 1960 African Americans Gwendolyn Greene (Britt), William Griffin, Michael Proctor, Marvous Saunders and Cecil Washington Jr. were arrested when they attempted to ride Glen Echo Park's Dentzel Carousel and were charged with trespassing on private property. Part of a college-based civil rights group called the Non-violent Action Group (N. A. G.), the five sit-in demonstrators were protesting the long-standing segregation policies of the privately-owned amusement park.

A summer-long picketing campaign followed the arrests. The campaign involved citizens of all ages and backgrounds. The neighboring community of Bannockburn joined the picketing and provided particularly strong support. The protestors achieved success when the park opened on a fully-integrated basis on March 31, 1961.
HM NumberHMKD6
Year Placed2008
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 at 8:26pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 314714 N 4315204
Decimal Degrees38.96623333, -77.13863333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 57.974', W 77° 8.318'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 57' 58.44" N, 77° 8' 19.08" W
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Area Code(s)623, 602
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6224-6272 W Glendale Ave, Glen Echo MD 85301, US
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