The girl in this mural is a real person. She’s on a wall right next to Ben’s Chili Bowl, and she’s also in the National Archives.
A photographer snapped a photo of Edith Lee-Payne, then a 12-year-old girl with her mother, holding a banner at the March on Washington.
But although the photograph was taken in 1963, Ms. Lee-Payne did not know about the image until 2008. With the help of a librarian and an archivist, she was able to locate the photograph of herself at the march.
Read her amazing story of finding herself in the National Archives.
You can see a new digitally restored version of James Blue’s 1964 film produced for the U.S. Information Agency at the National Archives on August 26, 27, and 28.
Thank you to our staff member Crystal Brooks who snapped this picture on U St in Washington, DC!
March on Washington 50th anniversary programming at the National Archives is made possible in partnership with the Foundation for the National Archives through the generous support of Texas Instruments.