March on Washington 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

March on Washington 50th Anniversary Exhibit

Crowd of March on Washington marchers
The DC Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of the permanent exhibition, Its Fingers Were Crossed and Its Guard Was Up: Washington, DC Prepares for the March on Washington For Jobs and Freedom.”

The exhibit was originally displayed in the windows of the Popular Library at the main Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library branch at 9th and G streets from Aug. 12, 2013 to Sept. 14, 2013 as part of the Library’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of this historic event.  It now resides in the exhibit gallery space on the A-Level of the building.

The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was the largest mass demonstration to occur during the entire Civil Rights Movement and is largely credited with the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act or 1965 Voting Rights Act. The exhibit features images and items from the Washingtoniana Division’s Washington Star Newspaper Collection and D.C. Community Archives and details local D.C. residents’ preparation for this event.

If you desire further information, please contact the D.C. Community Archives at 202-727-2272 or