National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Carousel on the Mall, Washington, D.C.
On August 28, 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, not far from here. On that same day, this carousel was part of a small but significant victory for Civil Rights about 40 miles away, as segregation ended at Baltimore’s Gwynn Oak Amusement Park after nearly a decade of protests there. The first African American child to go on a ride at Gwynn Oak that day was 11-month-old Sharon Langley. With her father Charles Langley, Jr. by her side, she took a spin on the park’s carousel, as news reporters snapped photos. In 1981, the Gwynn Oak carousel S.N. 105948, a classic, built by the Allan Herschell Co., was relocated here to the National Mall, where it has always been open to everyone and stands as a symbol of the harmony of which Dr. King dreamed.
Location. 38° 53.345′ N, 77° 1.479′ W. Marker is in National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Jefferson Drive, SW west of 7th Street, SW, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. On the National Mall, just off the northeast corner of the Smithsonian Institution “Castle” Building. Marker is at or near this
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Arts and Industries Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Andrew Jackson Downing (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Smithsonian Institution Building (about 400 feet away); Joseph Henry (about 400 feet away); Spencer Fullerton Baird (about 400 feet away); Enid A. Haupt Garden (about 600 feet away); Petrified Wood (about 600 feet away); Cedar of Lebanon (approx. 0.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Carousel on the Mall, Washington, D.C. (Submitted on August 30, 2013, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. How a Carousel Ride Became Part of America’s Civil Rights History. By Lauren Ehrler, PBS Newshour, August 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM EST. (Submitted on January 1, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. merry-go-round
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.