50 Years Ago in Shaw: Remembering 1968 with Videos and a Tour
Photo Credit: Warren K. Leffler, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
On April 4, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN. As word reached Washington, DC, neighborhoods throughout the city exploded in anger and pain, fire and looting. Half a century later, the Shaw neighborhood is still recovering from the aftereffects of the 1968 uprisings.
"Shaw in '68: An Oral History" is the first in a series of short videos created by Shaw Main Streets and Long Story Short Media. Using archival photographs and film footage from 1968, and oral histories collected by the District of Columbia Public Library's Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, "Shaw in '68" brings to life the events that forever changed the neighborhood.
Neighborhood leaders like Ibrahim Mumin and Jackie Hart recall the emotions that they and their neighbors felt as Shaw was torn apart. Additional videos are in production and will be available this summer.
The "Shaw in '68" project is supported by HumanitiesDC and the District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office, and funded in part by the United States Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. Additional funding was provided by Douglas Development Corporation.