Then and Now: Scenes From DC After MLK’s Assassination

Washington, D.C., today bears little resemblance to the scenes of riots and rubble strewn streets that followed after the April 4, 1968, assassination of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.

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An April 7, 1968, photo showing Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, D-N.Y., and his wife Ethel Kennedy stepping through the debris of a building razed by fire during a 22-block tour on foot is seen over the present day corner of 7th and U Streets in northwest Washington, D.C., on March 28, 2018. The April 4, 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., sparked rioting across neighborhoods in Washington.
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A March 31, 1968, photo of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking from the cathedral's Canterbury Pulpit is placed on an easel in front of the present day pulpit at the National Cathedral in Washington, March 26, 2018. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke from the cathedral's Canterbury Pulpit to a capacity crowd at his last Sunday sermon before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
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Police in riot gear as seen in this April 4, 1968, photo is placed in front of the present day scene showing the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets in northwest Washington, D.C., on March 28, 2018.
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Firemen gather around an engine as seen in this April 6, 1968, near 14th and Irving Streets in northwest Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2018.
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An April 6, 1968, photo of smoldering remains of a building is placed on a easel as people walk at the corner of the present day 7th and O Streets in northwest Washington, D.C., on March 17, 2018.
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An April 6, 1968, photo showing pedestrians being waved away from a barred area by a gas-masked National Guard member guarding the area is superimposed over the present day corner of 7th and K Streets, in northwest Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2018.
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A photo of looted and burned buildings as seen in this April 6, 1968, photo are placed at the present day shopping center near 14th and Kenyon Streets in northwest Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2018.
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A photo of a National Guard truck and soldiers patrolling rubble covered streets on April 6, 1968, is superimposed over its present day spot on 14th Street near Park Avenue on Washington, D.C., March 25, 2018.
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National Guard soldiers as seen in this April 6, 1968, photo is placed on a easel at the present day location at the corner of 7th and K Streets in northwest Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2018.
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A National Guard soldier trying to quell riots in this April 6, 1968, photo is placed on a easel near at the corner of present day 4th and H Streets in Washington, D.C., on March 25, 2018.
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