Adams Morgan in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lithuania's March to Freedom
Keeping a Nation Alive
—Adams Morgan Heritage Trail —
In the late 1700s, the Russian Empire annexed Lithuania's territory, ending the 500-year-old state known as the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. In 1918, at the close of World War I, Lithuania re-emerged as an independent nation. But once World War II broke out in 1939, Lithuania endured invasions by the Soviet Union, then Nazi Germany, and again the Soviet Union. For the next 50 years, Lithuania disappeared into the Soviet orbit. Or did it?
Lithuania did not disappear. When the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania in 1940, Minister Plenipotentiary Povila Žadeikis refused to surrender this building. Žadeikis and his successors ensured that official Washington (and, thanks to Washington, other governments around the world) not only refused to recognize the Soviet annexation of Lithuania, but also continued to consider Lithuania an independent nation, aiding immensely in the campaign to throw off Soviet domination. The U.S. government also gave Lithuania's stranded diplomats access to
Finally in 1990, as the Soviet Union was crumbling, Lithuania was the first republic to declare its independence. After citizens elected a new government, Soviet forces attempted to remove it by force, spurring tens of thousands of Lithuanians to occupy the streets of their capital Vilnius on January 13, 1991, and protect their elected officials. Moscow relented and the last Soviet troops left in August 1993.
Erected by Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, District Department of Transportation, Cultural Tourism DC.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Adams Morgan Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 55.428′ N, 77° 2.196′ W. Marker is in Adams Morgan, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 16th Street Northwest south of Fuller Street Northwest when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2620 16th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania (here, next to this marker); Life on the Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Hilltop for Heroes and Horse Thieves (about 300 feet away); Polish-U.S. Diplomatic Relations (about 300 feet away); Embassy of the Republic of Poland (about 300 feet away); Campus to Army Camps and Back Again (about 400 feet away); Park Tower (about 600 feet away); Mansions, Parks, and People (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Adams Morgan.
Categories. • Government • Politics • War, Cold •
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