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Smash the 3-Sisters Bridge: 1969 | by Washington Area Spark
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Smash the 3-Sisters Bridge: 1969

A poster calling for a rally to “Smash the 3 Sisters Bridge” at Georgetown University followed by a march to the bridge site November 16, 1969 sponsored by the Student Committee on the Transportation Crisis.


The SCTC was set up by students at George Washington, American and Georgetown universities to assist the efforts of the long-standing Emergency Committee on the Transportation Crisis led by Reginald Booker.


The SCTC was influenced by the more radical faction of the recently fractured Students for a Democratic Society and by the Yippies.


The group engaged in a number of confrontations with police at and around the bridge site, resulting in stone throwing, tear gas and arrests.


The November 16th demonstration followed clashes by antiwar demonstrators at the South Vietnamese Embassy Nov. 14th and at the Justice Department Nov. 15th. Following the November 16th bridge rally, young people, barred from the bridge site, blocked entrances to Key Bridge and clashed with police in the streets of Georgetown.


Opposition to the bridge was seen as the key to stopping a planned series of freeways that would destroy thousands of primarily black homes and crisscross the city.


A court order stopped construction on the bridge located several hundred yards north of the existing Key Bridge in Aug. 1970 and it was never resumed.


Later on legislation passed Congress allowing localities to utilize unused freeway construction funds for subway building and D.C. then took freeway and bridge funds and used them to accelerate the building of the Metrorail system.


The initial construction of piers for the Three Sisters Bridge were wiped away by Hurricane Agnes in 1972.


For a PDF of this one-sided poster, see


For more information and related images, see


Likely produced by Sammie Abbott. The poster is housed in the ECTC Collection in the Washingtonia Division of the D.C. Library.


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Taken in November 1969