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Troops secure White House: 1968 | by Washington Area Spark
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Troops secure White House: 1968

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Regiment at nearby Ft. Myer, Virginia take up positions near the West Wing of the White House April 5, 1968 in the wake of widespread disturbances throughout Washington, D.C. following the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the previous day.


The city exploded in anger at the news and experienced among the greatest property damage of the more than 110 cities that erupted April 4-7, 1968 and set a then U.S. record for mass arrests when more than 6,100 were detained.


Twelve died, mostly due to becoming entrapped in burning buildings and over 1,100 were injured. Property damage was extensive as corridors and 14th Street NW, 7th Street NW, U Street NW, H Street NE and Nichols Ave SE (later Martin Luther King Jr. Ave) were set afire. 1,200 buildings were burned.


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The photographer is unknown. The image is an auction find.

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Taken on April 5, 1968