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D.C. to celebrate Titanic’s 100th anniversary

As fans of ‘Titanic’ head to movie theaters for the 3D movie’s premiere, others look to the anniversary of the ill-fated ship’s maiden voyage.

Southwest D.C. is home to the Titanic Memorial, a statue honoring men who sacrificed their seats on lifeboats to women and children. Located near 4th and P Streets, the statue is of a 13-foot-tall man leaning away from the waterfront with outstretched arms.

The Southwest D.C. Heritage Project plans to hold a celebration near the statue on April 14 with music from the 1910s.

View Photo Gallery: A 5,500-piece collection of artifacts recovered from the wreck, as well as photos and intellectual property, is up for auction through Guernsey’s in New York, and will be announced on April 11, the 100th anniversary of the ocean liner’s voyage. According to a court order, the items must be sold in a complete lot, not piece by piece, and the winning bidder will have to properly maintain the pieces and have them available for public display.

James Cameron’s 1997 movie is turning 15 this year. The 3D remake is now showing in local theaters. And the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street NW in the District, has an exhibition, “Titanic: 100 Year Obsession,” through July 8.


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