There’s a strong element of sadness watching this video. A burning city, military occupation … what essentially was complete chaos in the city from April 4th to April 8th, 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Economically it seriously devastated the corridors of 14th St NW, 7th St NW and H St NW. It has only been in the last decade that these neighborhoods have seen a significant resurgence.

Here are a couple more photos of the riots.

Soldiers on guard in D.C.
Soldiers on guard in D.C.
Soldiers in the streets of D.C.
Soldiers in the streets of D.C. (7th and N St NW)

Also check out these riot aftermath photos on Flickr.

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.
  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    Now these were the good old days. Seems like just yesterday when DC was still smoldering.

  • Sheila

    We lived one block inside the line where Washington DC and Maryland met, and we were not allowed to go the one block into Washington to get to our home, even with our 5 month old baby.
    The military was much more “harsh” looking than in the photos and films I have seen online, and of course the guns and full attention of the servicemen made everybody really stress out.
    It actually lasted longer than what has ever been mentioned. I know, because we listened to the police and fire department for days “after” they burned DC. Fires were still being lit, there were continued fights, and trashing buildings too. We taped it for over 2 weeks and have hours and hours of tapes we made of the calls of both police and fire dept.