12 Vintage Photos Of The 1968 DC Riots After Martin Luther King's Death
On April 4, 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington, D.C. found itself in the middle of controversy. The most devastating perhaps was the six-day race riots which erupted in the nation's capital.
The riots started as news spread about King's assassination. At first, the crowd politely demanded that stores close out of respect but eventually it got out of hand. Buildings were set on fire, windows were broken and widespread looting ensued. The police was unable to control the crowd and eventually, the National Guard was brought in.
The situation escalated so bad and so quickly that it went down in history as "the largest military occupation of any American city since the Civil War."
These 12 vintage photos, captured by Dr. Darrell Clayton Crain Jr. on April 6, 1968, show just how bad some of the destruction was. See for yourself.