1973 December 24

Washington, D.C. Home Rule Act Passed


The District of Columbia Home Rule Act, passed on this day, created self-government for the District by transferring certain powers previously reserve to Congress. One provision allowed the city to elect its own mayor and city council. On January 2, 1975, Walter Washington was sworn in as the first elected mayor of the city. In recent decades, residents, city leaders, and others have campaigned for granting statehood to the District.

Learn more about statehood for Washington, DChttp://dc.gov/page/statehood

Take the civil rights history tour of Washington, DC: http://washington.org/dc-itinerary/dc-itinerary-major-civil-rights-sites-1-day

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