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Office of the Secretary
June 20, 2007
Deborah Wurdinger
(202) 208-4984


U.S. Department of the Interior Museum opens
Witness to History: The March on Washington exhibit

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Interior Museum will open the exhibit Witness to History: The March on Washington on July 20, 2007. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

On a hot and muggy August 28 in 1963 hundreds of thousands of American people marched around the National Mall to protest for civil rights, desegregation and federal programs to end poverty. This was the great March on Washington which ended that afternoon with the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. David M. Granahan, an employee of the Department of Agriculture, took the day off to document the marchers and he captured the activities with his watercolor and ink sketches.

The Interior Museum is the first to exhibit Granahan’s complete set of ten original watercolors depicting the March. His paintings capture the determination of the marchers surrounded by the national monuments.

WHAT: Witness to History: The March on Washington Exhibit
WHEN: July 21, 2007 through September 28, 2007
WHERE: Department of the Interior Museum in the Main Interior Building. The visitor entrance to the Main Interior Building is at 1849 C Street, N.W. Each adult must have photo identification to present to the security guard. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm and from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm on the third Saturday of each month, except for all Federal holidays. For more information on the museum, call Hunter Hollins at (202) 208-4659 or visit their website www.doi.gov/interiormuseum.
Specials Assistance – For those in need of special assistance (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired) or inquiries regarding the handicapped entrance, please notify Deborah Wurdinger at (202) 208-4984 in advance. Special needs will be accommodated whenever possible.
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