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LOC Exhibit - "A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington"

Participants holding hands in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington. ©Leonard Freed /Magnum Photos/ Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

LOC Exhibit - 'A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington'

This is a glimpse of the exhibit which opens on August 28, 2013 and runs through March 1, 2014 at the Library of Congress, Graphic Arts Galleries in Washington, DC.

They came to Washington, D.C. with determination in their hearts and freedom on their minds. Those with means arrived by automobile, train and airplane. Many arrived on buses sponsored by local organizations and churches in their cities and towns. Still others started out on foot hoping to catch rides along the way. They were from all walks of life, all races and all denominations. They were old and young, able-bodied and impaired, poor and wealthy, average citizens and the very famous, all sharing the same mission and goal -- to be a part of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This exhibition transports visitors to that momentous day, August 28, 1963--a day that transformed our nation--when 250,000 people participated in the largest non-violent demonstration for civil rights that Americans had ever witnessed.

Many remember the March on Washington for the ringing words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jrs.'s iconic speech, "I Have a Dream." The black-and-white photographs in this exhibition, drawn from the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, portray the entire day of the march from multiple viewpoints as experienced by independent photographers and photo-journalists.

The exhibit consists of 40 black-and-white images. Visitors will be able to see additional images on a video screen in the exhibit. (Library of Congress)