Alexandria Library Sit-In

Alexandria Library Sit-In (HM1JFA)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22314
Country: United States of America

N 38° 48.457', W 77° 2.793'

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On 21 August 1939, five young African American men applied for library cards at the new Alexandria Library to protest its whites-only policy. After being denied, William Evans, Edward Gaddis, Morris Murray, Clarence Strange, and Otto L. Tucker each selected a book from the shelves, sat down, and read quietly. The men were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct despite their polite demeanor. Local attorney Samuel W. Tucker, who helped plan the protest, represented them in court. The judge never issued a ruling. In 1940, Alexandria opened the Robert Robinson Library for African Americans. Desegregation of the library system began by 1959.
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HM NumberHM1JFA
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Marker NumberE 88
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322298 N 4297417
Decimal Degrees38.80761667, -77.04655000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.457', W 77° 2.793'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 27.42" N, 77° 2' 47.58" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 N Washington St, Alexandria VA 22314, US
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