1968 Photo Contest, Color Picture, 1st prize

Flames of Protest


Frank Hoy

05 April, 1968

Washington D.C. is on fire, after riots broke out on 4 April 1968, following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., leader of the civil rights movement, one day earlier in Memphis, Tennessee.

After a day of arson, looting, and violence, U.S. President Johnson called in the federal troops to assist the District police force to restore order, which came eventually on 8 April. By that time, 12 people had been killed and more than a thousand people had been injured. Some 1,200 buildings had been burned, including more than 900 stores.

About the photographer

Frank Hoy

Frank P. Hoy (1935-2001) started his photographic career in 1956 at The Washington Post, where he worked as a staff photographer for 17 years. After teaching photojournalism at S...

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