WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 12, 2013) — The Trust for the National Mall will host StoryCorps on the National Mall for three days during the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington this August. The Trust will capture personal and moving stories from those who attended the March in 1963, and from individuals whose lives were affected by that March and the modern-day civil rights movement it spawned. StoryCorps’ MobileBooth will be located on the National Mall from August 24-26.
“Recording and sharing this oral history is central to the Trust for the National Mall’s mission to preserving the built and living history of the National Mall. The March on Washington was one of the most significant events in our country’s history and in the history of the National Mall,” said Caroline Cunningham, President of the Trust for the National Mall. “We’re honored to be a part of this commemoration and excited to partner with StoryCorps to help the next generation understand its past.”
By collecting interviews on the Mall, the Trust for the National Mall hopes to create an audio archive of the voice of America, played out on the National Mall. These personal accounts will support the Trust in its mission to raise awareness of and preserve what the National Mall represents – including serving as the centerstage for historic, society-changing First Amendment gatherings. Each story will also be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.
The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to preserving both the physical grounds and the living history of the National Mall. The Trust is raising funds to implement winning architectural designs that deliver sustainable landscapes and improved amenities to America’s most visited national park. It is also spearheading a digital learning initiative to bring important civics and history lessons to life for the 8 million students who visit the National Mall each year.
Interested StoryCorps participants who will be in the Washington, D.C. area from August 24-26 and wish to share their personal stories related to civil rights should contact Jeremy Granoff at JGranoff@nationalmall.org.
About the Trust for the National Mall
The Trust for the National Mall is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to restoring and improving the National Mall, while providing new educational and volunteer opportunities that connect the park’s 30 million annual visitors to the Mall’s rich history. For more information on the Trust for the National Mall, please visit www.nationalmall.org.
StoryCorpsʼ mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, preserve, and share their stories. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorpsʼ award winning broadcasts on NPRʼs Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published three New York Times bestsellers: Listening Is an Act of Love, Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps, and All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit storycorps.org.