Were You There?

Did you attend the August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom? Do you remember why you wanted to go, what you saw, how you felt, what stories you told your family and friends afterward? The Overbeck Capitol Hill History Project wants to hear your memories — and to share them with the world through this website. Submit your memory by filling out the appropriate form. If you have photos you want to share, we encourage you to upload those with the story. We encourage students to interview older relatives who attended the March and enter their stories here too. Just be sure to tell us whose story you are telling — they deserve to be known. Please be aware that all comments are reviewed before being made visible to the public. We reserve the right to delete any comments we find defamatory, abusive, illegal or otherwise offensive. Submit your memory now >>

More Links to the History of the March on Washington

Many organizations are collecting stories about the March on Washington and other aspects of the civil rights movement. We invite our readers to send email suggesting other links that should be included.

  1. The Washington, DC, Public Library Washingtoniana Division plans to interview three to five people who attended the March to add to their Oral History Research Center collection. They are also accepting memorabilia related to the March from DC residents for their DC Community Archives.
  2. The Smithsonian’s American History Museum has mounted a special two-part exhibit, to operate until September 15, 2013. Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963 includes displays of materials related to the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
  3. Two different formats of the audio file “This Train,” one of the best known of the late Studs Terkel’s interviews and oral histories, are available. Depending on your computer, you may be able to access the mp3 format; if that doesn’t work, another link leads to a downloadable file. The 55 minute August 27, 1963, recording captures interviews with people traveling by train from Chicago to Washington to attend the March.
  4. Carroll County: Through the Eyes of the Black Experience. The website collects stories and memories of Carroll County, Maryland’s African American residents. Individual video interviews are available for viewing. The entry labeled “March on Washington” is a 26 minute documentary about the March that includes historical footage of the March interspersed with pertinent clips from the Carroll County residents’ interviews.
  5. The Center For the Study of Civil and Human Rights Laws, in Rochester, NY, sponsors a website as a way to publicize various events during 2013 that commemorate the March on Washington, especially an all-day August 27, 2013, Civil Rights Conference to be held in Washington, DC, and an August 28, 2013, March. They are also sponsoring a contest for students to produce a video remembrance of the 1960s civil rights movement.
  6. Senior Correspondent, an online media venture powered by the perspectives of seasoned journalists and storytellers, is gathering content related to the March and its 2013 50th anniversary celebrations. They also invite anyone who traveled to Washington 50 years ago for the March to share their stories online.