Civil War Era Studies
As we walked along the tidal basin back toward the Smithsonian Metro Station, I began to cry. Just a few tears, here and there, welled in my eyes. It wasn't the monument or the quotes. It wasn't the deep feelings I had looking at his face. It was overhearing a simple conversation. Two 30-something black women in a group of tourists were talking to one another about photos.
"You need to get your picture taken, girl," one asks the other.
"Why?" she responds, "I've got plenty of pictures."
"To prove you were here," the first woman responds. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., ""Sit Down Together at a Table of Brotherhood": Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial" (2011). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 171.