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Franklin Park in 1943
The Man vs. Franklin Park: How a Soapbox Speech Ban Helped the D.C. Community in 1951
In 1951, the Interior Department banned soapbox orations from Franklin Park in Washington, D.C. after complaints from nearby businesses, hotels, and offices. Learn how this ban helped the community and the history behind it.
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The First Movie Screened at the White House Was the Infamous 'The Birth of a Nation'
Learn the fascinating history behind the first movie to be screened at the White House: The Birth of a Nation, an infamous and racist film that sparked large protests and was partially credited with the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1910s and 1920s.
The Hall was named for Thomas Copley, S.J. (ca. 1595-1652). Among its many external decorations is a large Latin inscription on its middle gable which reads: 'Moribus Antiquis Res Stat Loyolaea Virisque.' This has been translated as: 'Loyola’s Fortune Still May Hope To Thrive, If Men and Mold Like Those of Old Survive.' The south gable bears the family crest of St. Ignatius Loyola who founded the Society of Jesus, the lily of the seal of the University of Paris where he was educated, and the seal of the Society of Jesus.
A Look at the New Copley Hall in 1931
Take a look at the newly built Copley Hall at Georgetown University in 1931 with an exterior adorned with the crest of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Read more about its history here.

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