24 june 1968 & police tear gas, arrest remaining resurrection city residents
#OTD 24 june 1968 The Metropolitan Police Department, supported by National Park Service police, tear gassed and arrested remaining 100+ Resurrection City residents. Marc Steiner, one of the residents, remembers being tear gassed and helping a parent whose child was also tear gassed.
In the photo above, the absence of residents and the destroyed fence show an inkling of the removal of residents and the beginning of the destruction of Resurrection City by the National Park Service that began today.
The writings on the homes state:
"Jobs Not Genocide. PEACE! END LBJ's WAR"
"I AM THE AMERICONG..."
THIS IS THE GREAT SOCIETY: WAR, POVERTY, HATE. the American dream. HELL NO, WE WON'T GO"
There's writing in Spanish that is only slightly visible.
Your comments are welcome below. Were you, a family member or neighbor tear gassed and/or arrested? Do you remember reading about or seeing the violence against residents? Do you remember seeing these writings at Resurrection City? Do you remember the one written in Spanish? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy Library of Congress. U.S News & World Report, "Closing of Resurrection City, 24 June 1968. WKL, photographer. #19323.
Michael K. Honey, To The Promised Land: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Fight for Economic Justice, 2018.
Gordon Mantler, Power to the Poor: Black-Brown Coalition and the Fight for Economic Justice, 1960-1974, 2013.
"City Quiet After Brief Flareup," Evening Star 25 June 1968.
Marc Steiner, panelist, Library of Congress American Folklife Center symposium, "Before and After '68: The Poor People's Campaign, Then & Now," 14 June 2018.