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Call for 3-Sisters Bridge celebration: 1971

A flyer calling for a celebration October 30, 1971 of a U.S. Court of Appeals decision that effectively indefinitely delayed construction of the Three Sisters Bridge.


The court ruled that the government must start all over with the planning and review process.


At the same time, the Rev. Joe Gibson, a leader of the Emergency Committee on the Transportation Crisis, revealed that bridge supporter U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill (R-Va.) stood to benefit financially from the bridge’s construction due to land he recently purchased.


The rally was sponsored by a number of groups including the ECTC, The Committee of 100, and the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations.


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 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 flyer, 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 October 1971