Today in Black History: June 24, 1968

Resurrection City

On June 24, 1968, Resurrection City was closed. Resurrection City was formed to protest against the lack of freedom and jobs for blacks. The city was a part of the Poor People’s Campaign for civil rights. John Wiebenson was an architect who secured five acres around the pool, in the National Mall. The plan was to build a small independent city with its own city hall, hospital, and stores. Rev. Ralph Abernathy carried the project through and Rev. Jesse Jackson was deemed the city manager.

For more information on Resurrection City visit here!


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