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Washington in the '60s

WETA TV 26 looks back at one of the most intriguing chapters in local history in Washington in the ’60s. Produced by WETA, the documentary is the first retrospective of its kind to explore the collective political, social and cultural events that took place during this seminal period in Washington’s history. The one-hour special premieres Monday, November 2 at 9 p.m. on WETA TV 26 and repeats throughout the month.

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1Home Rule Day

Washington, D.C., citizens participate in Home Rule Day in July 1966.

Credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library © Washington Post

2Walter Washington and LBJ

Walter Washington became the first mayor of Washington, D.C., when President Lyndon Baines Johnson appointed him in 1967.

Credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library © Washington Post

3Marion Barry

Marion Barry, seen here in 1966, spent his early years in Washington, D.C., campaigning for D.C. Home Rule.

 

Credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library © Washington Post

4March on Washington

During the March on Washington, protesters gather in support of equality, integrated schools and other civil rights issues of the day.

 

Credit: Civil rights protestors: Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress

5Arena Stage

Arena Stage made history when in 1967 it opened the The Great White Hope, which was the nation's first regional production to go onto Broadway.

 

Credit: Arena Stage historical documents, Collection #C0017, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University

6Beltway

The Capital Beltway opened in 1964 to carry commuters around the region.

 

Credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library © Washington Post

7Woodward & Lothrop

Washingtonians flocked to suburban shopping malls in the 1960s.


 

Credit: Star Collection, DC Public Library © Washington Post

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