1922 May 30

Lincoln Memorial Dedicated; Audience Segregated


An audience of 50,000 people attended the dedication ceremony of the Lincoln Memorial. Incredibly, despite the fact that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the audience for the ceremony was racially segregated. Washington, D.C., was essentially a southern city in the 1920s, and segregation was firmly entrenched in the city and throughout the south.

Read About the Dedication Ceremony: http://www.nps.gov/linc/historyculture/stories.htm

Watch a documentary on the dedication: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76nAcSbdLI8

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