The Washington D.C. Uprisings of 1968

Following the assassination of Martin Luther King on April 4th, 1968, uprisings broke out in a number of neighborhoods in Washington D.C. Over 20,000 people protested over the course of twelve days causing significant damage along the U and 14th Street corridor, 7th Street and H Street. The civil unrest led to the deployment of 13,600 Federal troops, the largest military occupation of a United States city since the Civil War. The riots lasted for twelve days and caused over $27 million in damage. Neighborhoods that experience damage from the insurgencies did not recover fully for decades and the uprisings gave implications of the inequality and segregation plaguing metropolitan areas in the United States during the 1960s.