dc1968

curated project commemorating the 50th anniversary of 1968 in dc

dedicated to bobby r. hale
7 may 1968 & washingtonians vote in party primaries election

7 may 1968 & washingtonians vote in party primaries election

#OTD Tuesday 7 May 1968 Washingtonians voted in the party primaries in preparation for the 8 November presidential election. It was sunny and breezy, topping at a high of 65. Washingtonians had 169 party posts to vote for. Above, Ms. Anna M. Bell hands out campaign materials at the Syphax School (1360 Half St SW), one of dozens of polling precincts throughout the city. The polls were open from 8am to 8pm. And there were up to 32 voting booths at each poll precinct to avoid logjams.  

Some of the party slates included: 
Citizens United for Peace-Citizens United for Urban Progress
Independent Democrats of the District of Columbia
Joint Republican Slate of the District of Columbia
People's Republican Committee

Below is a line of Washingtonians waiting in line to vote at Syphax. 

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Your comments are welcome below. Do you a family member or neighbor know Ms. Bell? Were you, a family member or neighbor on one of the party slates? Do you remember voting in the election? Where did you vote?  You may comment privately here.

Photo source: Courtesy DCPL Special Collections, 7 May 1968. Photographer was either Paul Schmick or Owen Duvall. Photographer unknown for second image.
"District Voters Go to Poll to Show Presidential Sentiments," Evening Star 7 May 1968.
Jean R. Hailey. "Hearings Set on 2 Election Board Suits," Washington Post 15 April 1968.

8 may 1968 & stokely carmichael & miriam makeba are newlyweds

8 may 1968 & stokely carmichael & miriam makeba are newlyweds

6 may 1968 & national collection of fine arts opens

6 may 1968 & national collection of fine arts opens