Malcolm X Park (aka Meridian Hill Park)

Monuments & Markers

According to Jessica Kadylak in the Washingtonian, “A leader of the Black United Front began referring to the park in honor of the civil-rights leader on the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., says Simone Moffett, cultural-resource specialist for Rock Creek Park…. DC resi-dents later voted for the name to be officially changed to Malcolm X. A bill to change the name was introduced to Congress in January 1970, says Moffett, but didn’t pass.”
The name and the controversy surrounding it represents a radical history in and of itself. Over the last couple of decades alone, there has been a tremen-dous number of protests that have taken place here and many marches have started here. From anti-war, anti-corporate globalization, women’s and civil rights protests to rallies against the drug war, for amnesty for political prisoners and for immigration reform. Many May Day rallies in recent years have been focused on the latter. This park has played host to hundreds of protests. We are contributing to a rich radical history surrounding this park as we speak.
- Fhar Miess

History

DC Labor Map

Welcome to the DC Labor Map! Here you can find both current and historic labor sites in Washington, DC, including union hotels, restaurants, international and local union organizations, labor art and historic labor sites. You can use it for an online virtual tour of DC labor, or to plan your visit to our nation’s capital.
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We welcome your comments and suggestions: click on the “comments” tab at the bottom of the map. The DC Labor Map is a project of the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO: primary research was done by Chris Garlock, Jon Garlock and Lisa Garlock; contributors include: Saul Schniderman, Peter Winch and Fhar Miess.