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MLK Jr. Assassination, 7th Street Damage: 1968 #2 | by Washington Area Spark
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MLK Jr. Assassination, 7th Street Damage: 1968 #2

The 1800 block of 7th Street NW in Washington, D.C. lies in ruins following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968.


The viewpoint is looking from the southeast corner of 7th Street and T Street NW looking toward the northwest corner of 7th and T Street NW,


Buildings on the 700 block of Florida Avenue NW can be seen in the background.


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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Photograph is probably by George Scurlock, Scurlock Studio. Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History: Archives Center.


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Taken in April 1968