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Memorabilia from the Historic August 28, 1963, "March On Washington"
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,200
The 1963 "March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs," which culminated in Martin Luther King's moving "I Have A Dream" speech, was one of the largest political rallies in United States history and represented a watershed moment in the history of civil rights. Held in Washington, D.C., on August 28, the event was attended by over 250,000 participants, all of whom were united in their demand for equal rights for African Americans. Its impact was later seen in the passing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and the Voting Rights Act in 1965. Offered here is a collection of rare and significant commemorative artifacts that were distributed and displayed on that memorable day. 1) "We Shall Overcome" portfolio. This portfolio, published by the National Urban League in 1963, was produced to commemorate the march and consists of seven individual sheets: a table of contents, an introduction bearing the facsimile signatures of six leading civil rights figures, including Martin Luther King Jr., and five artistic collages created by Louis LoMonaco. As noted in the introduction, the group of five collages was "created specifically as a memento for those who participated in the historic March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs on August 28, 1963. It depicts man's inhumanity, his cruelty to his fellow human being." The seven sheets are housed in a black paper folder that also bears an image created by LoMonaco. Both the folder (9.25 x 11 inches) and sheets (9 x 10.75 inches) displays a very light center fold, otherwise the sheets are in Near Mint condition, while the folder displays moderate wear and is in Excellent condition. 2) Red-felt pennant reading "March on Washington For Jobs & Freedom/Wed, Aug. 28, 1963/"I Was There"/And Let The World Know We Want Freedom." Examples of this type of pennant were waved by many of the participants and can be seen in photos from the day. The pennant (28 inches in length) is in Very Good condition, with no tassels, a few light creases, a small stain, and minor crazing to the painted letters. 3) Paper pennant, designed as an American flag, lettered "I Marched for Equality in the Freedom Parade August 28, 1963, Washington, D.C./We Shall Overcome." Because of its extremely fragile nature, this pennant is extremely scarce and we cannot recall the last time we have seen another example. The pennant (16 inches in length) is in Good condition, with two small holes near the left border (one of which is torn through to the bottom border), moderate-to-heavy creasing, and a few small tears. 4) Fold-over "Lincoln Memorial Program" (5.5 x 8.5 inches) issued to participants who attended the march. The program lists the scheduled speakers, including Martin Luther King Jr., as well an outline of "What We Demand." Vg, with both a horizontal and vertical fold and light creases. This is an exceptional are rare collection of civil rights memorabilia from one of the most historic political rallies in our country's history. Total: 4 items (portfolio, program, and two pennants).
Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,200
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