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About this collection

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

Photo of the Washington, D.C. delegation at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963.  From the Washington Star Photograph Collection, copyright held by The Washington Post.

 
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