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Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 08/23/2012

Washington National Cathedral has been setting for many historical events (#DMVReads)


The Rev. Dr. Francis Wade (R), Interim Dean of the Washington National Cathedral, and the Rev. Jean Smith (L), give their remarks on the one-year anniversary of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck the U.S. eastern seaboard, in Washington August 23, 2012. Several tons of the cathedral's limestone elements were damaged in the earthquake. (GARY CAMERON - REUTERS)
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook much of the East Coast. Locally, the earthquake was particularly damaging to the Washington National Cathedral, where despite a $5 million donation, the Cathedral remains millions of dollars short of being able to fully fund repairs. Ghosts of DC used the anniversary of the earthquake to recall Washington National Cathedral as the setting for several prominent historical events, including Martin Luther King Jr.’s final sermon.

“On Sunday, March 31st, 1968, a crowd of several thousand people packed into the Cathedral to hear [King] speak. Little did they know that their revered leader would be taken down by an assassin’s bullet that Thursday.”

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By Andy Smith  |  04:46 PM ET, 08/23/2012

 
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