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A Look at the 7th Street Hecht's After the 1968 Riots; Today

[Old photo courtesy of Flickr user cliff1066™ via D.C. Public Library, Star Collection/New photo by Adam Fagen]

Here's another post-riot photo. While our last one was located on H Street NE, a place that took a long time to recover from the riots, this one from April 5, 1968 shows that the violence and looting was city-wide, even hitting areas as affluent as Penn Quarter. The broken glass and boarded windows shows the damage done to the Hecht's on 7th Street NW in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ironically enough, the building now houses the Museum of Crime & Punishment. The recognizable canopy is still visible on the building today.