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.
Also check out these riot aftermath photos on Flickr.
- New MLK assassination footage revealed in Smithsonian Channel doc (thegrio.com)
- Hendrix Plays the Washington Hilton (1968) (ghostsofdc.org)
- President Lyndon Johnson’s Remarks on the 1968 Riots Before Signing the Civil Rights Act (ghostsofdc.org)
- U St. and the Dickson Building After the Riots (ghostsofdc.org)