1 july 1968 & national guard hosts dc youth leadership camp for jhs students
#OTD 1 July 1968 Junior high school students were returning from their 10-day camping trip in Aberdeen, MD, sponsored by the DC National Guard. The DC National Guard had been deployed three months earlier to control and contain residents during the uprising after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The camp took place at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, a U.S. Army facility. According to the Evening Star, 65 male junior high school students were invited by the DC National Guard for a youth leadership camp, including "instruction in athletics, citizenship, civic responsibilities and patriotism."
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, a family member or neighbor participate in the camp? What do you remember about the camp? Were you one of the camp organizers? Do you have photographs, a t-shirt or other items from the camp? Do you recognize anyone in the photograph? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library Special Collections, 29 June 1968. Joseph Silversman, photographer.