Archives puts Lyndon Johnson’s famous anti-discrimination 1964 Civil Rights Act on display

The National Archives said Wednesday that it has placed on display the first and signature pages of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, which banned discrimination in public places and the work place, and provided for the integration of schools.

The act, which was the broadest of its kind since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era, was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 2, 1964. The Archives is marking the 50th anniversary of its enactment.

The signature page, with Johnson’s scraggly and smudged endorsement, will be on display through July 13 and will then be replaced with a facsimile. The pages will be on display through Sept. 16.

The Archives is on the National Mall, in Washington, at Constitution Avenue at 9th Street, NW.

Mike is a general assignment reporter who also covers Washington institutions and historical topics.


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