Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ball State University Libraries' March on Washington Map

March on Washington:  Washington, D.C. Map Marks 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Tomorrow, August 28, marks the anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  The March on Washington was one of the largest political rallies in United States history, and took place in Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in front of an estimated 300,000 participants.

Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is commemorating this historic anniversary with a special “Map of the Month.”  The U.S. Geological Survey Earth Resources Observation and Sciences Center published this aerial map of Washington, D.C. (above, click to enlarge).  The ortho-imagery was captured in April of 2010 and published in April 2012. 

The verso of the map, Changing Waterways of Our Nation’s Capital, shows the original plan of Washington with canals developed for transportation.  Five different maps show how the waterways have diminished over time due to development and the influx of sediment.

Maps from the GRMC circulate for two weeks or longer.  For more information, please contact the GRMC at 765-285-1097 Monday through Friday.

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