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Derry-Londonderry in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
 

Free Derry Corner

You Are Now Entering Free Derry

 

—The Guide to Free Derry —

 
Free Derry Corner Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
1. Free Derry Corner Marker
Inscription.

On 5 January 1969, after a night of rioting and sustained police attacks on the Bogside, the words "You Are Now Entering Free Derry" were painted on the gable wall of 33 Lecky Road. This simple graffiti became the defining symbol of the civil rights era and an internationally recognised symbol of resistance to state injustice. The wall remains today, though the rest of the street was demolished in 1975.

Binn Dhoire Saor
Ar an 5 Eanáir 1969, tar éis oíche círéibe agus ionsaithe marthanacha péas ar Thaobh an Bhogaigh, dathaíodh na focail "You Are Now Entering Free Derry" ar bhalla binne 33 Bhóthar Lecky. Bhí an graifítí simplí seo ina shiombal sainitheach de ré na gceart sibhailta agus ina shiombal aitheanta go bidirnáisiúta d'ihrithbheartaíocht ar éagóir stáit. Tá an balla ann fós, cé gur scartáladh an chuid eile den tsráid i 1975.

[Photo captions read]
Free Derry Corner, formerly the gable end of 33 Lecky Rd.

The original hand painted slogan. (Courtesy Jim Davies)

Free Derry Corner has always been at the heart of the Bogside and at the heart of the Troubles. (Courtesy Barney McMonagle)

The back of the [wall] is used for political issues...(Courtesy Jim Collins)

...and social and cultural events. (Courtesy Hugh Gallagher)
 
Erected by
Free Derry Corner and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
2. Free Derry Corner and Marker
Marker on fence at bottom left of photo. City Wall at far upper left distance.
Derry City Council, Triax Neighbourhood Renewal Taskforce, Iona Enterprises.
 
Location. 54° 59.749′ N, 7° 19.608′ W. Marker is in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in County Londonderry. Marker is at the intersection of Lecky Road (B507) and Fahan Street, on the right when traveling north on Lecky Road (B507). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 9DX, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bloody Sunday (within shouting distance of this marker); The Peace Process (within shouting distance of this marker); Bernadette (within shouting distance of this marker); The Petrol Bomber (within shouting distance of this marker); IRA Volunteers Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); H Block Hunger Strike Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Seán Keenan / Ó Cianáin (within shouting distance of this marker); Death of Innocence (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Derry-Londonderry.
 
Also see . . .
1. Free Derry Corner Gallery at The Museum of Free Derry. (Submitted on January 10, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Free Derry Corner. (Submitted on January 10, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Free Derry Corner 1973 Photo in Derry Journal
Free Derry Corner image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
3. Free Derry Corner
. (Submitted on January 10, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Free Derry Corner earns its place in history (The Guardian, 2000). (Submitted on January 10, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Civil RightsDisastersMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & Patriotism
 
Free Derry Corner Detail image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
4. Free Derry Corner Detail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 555 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 10, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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