Annapolis marker honors 'foot soldiers' of the March on Washington [Pictures]
On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, state, local and city leaders gathered in Annapolis Aug. 28 for the dedication of “the nation’s first memorial to the 250,000 foot soldiers of the March.” Built by the Annapolis-based Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee Inc., the 2.5-ton granite Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial includes the names of more than 500 people, dubbed the “ordinary citizens who risked the threat of personal harm to magnify the impact of the words of the civil rights leaders who spoke” during the 1963 March on Washington.
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Tracy Brown of Harrisburg takes a photo of the name of her grandfather, Henry Crosson Jr., who was a foot soldier, at the official unveiling of the Civil Rights Foot Soldiers Memorial, which is located in Whitmore Park downtown. It is the first such memorial in the country to honor everyday people who joined in the March on Washington 50 years ago today.