MARCH ON WASHINGTON, AUGUST 28, 1963, FOR JOBS & FREEDOM

Object Number: 
2011.40.1
Date: 
1963
Medium: 
Plastic, metal
Dimensions: 
Diameter: 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)
Description: 
Black on white text: "MARCH ON WASHINGTON / AUGUST 28, 1963" on outside, "FOR / JOBS & FREEDOM", in center; also in center: black and white clasped hands and a union label.
Gallery Label: 
On June 26, 1963, 200,000 to 300,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. in support of increased civil and economic rights for African Americans. This historic demonstration, organized by a coalition of civil rights, labor and religious groups, took place on the 100th anniversary of the signig of the Emancipation Proclamation. The peaceful protestors gathered at the Washington Monument and marched to the Lincoln Memorial where, among many other speakers and entertainers, Martin Luther King delivered his now famous "I Have a Dream" speech.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Ted and Eileen Rowland
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group