Washington DC: [National Capital Planning Commission], May 1968. First Edition. Wraps. 4to. Cardstock covers, plastic comb binding. Mild edgewear and bumping to corners. Pen to top edge of front cover. With fold-out maps, all present and undamaged. Very good plus. 28pp. Very good +. Item #23435
Report of the damage sustained by commercial buildings and residential housing during the four days and nights of civil unrest following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Following a brief introduction, the report surveys the extent of damage both citywide and by neighborhoods: "It all began on 14th Street a few hours after Dr. Martin Luther King was slain in Memphis." Illustrated with black and white photographs throughout.
Prepared by at the direction of Washington, DC Mayor Walter E. Washington, who was at the time the first and only Mayor-Commissioner of the District and was subsequently the first elected mayor under home rule, as well as the first African American mayor of a major city; Washington reportedly refused orders from J.Edgar Hoover to shoot looters during the riots, and made numerous speeches and public appearances in attempts to calm the city.