Terminals, Assembly Area and Parade Route. / Assembly Area in Central Park.
1967 (undated) 11.5 x 8.5 in (29.21 x 21.59 cm)
1 : 12672
This is an extremely rare 1967 Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam map of the first large-scale anti-Vietnam War protest march in the United States, which took place in New York City on April 15, 1967. The map depicts the march route from Central Park to the United Nations building on one side and a detailed map of the assembly area in Central Park on the verso. Attracting in the vicinity of 400,000 people (although police estimates were significantly less), the march injected a surge of energy into a growing anti-war protest movement. A rally was held in Dag Hammaskjold Plaza in from of the United Nations and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harry Belafonte, James Bevel, and Dr. Benjamin Spock spoke to the crowd. Following the protest march on April 15, several workshops meant to foster community organizing and individual forms of protest, such as Draft Refusal and Tax Refusal, were held at Columbia University the following day, but were not organized by the Spring Mobilization Committee.
The map illustrating the protest march route labels numerous locations in the vicinity of the march, including the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Penn Station, Grand Central Station, and the Queensboro Bridge. Each of the avenues are labeled, along with 34th Street, 42nd Street, 59th Street, and East 72nd Street. This allowed those coming into New York City from out of town to better orient themselves once they arrived in the city. A notation near the top of the map states that charter buses would be unloading on Central Park West, suggesting that numerous different groups had chartered buses in order to participate in the march. Numerous practical locations are labeled on the map of the assembly area in Central Park, including the First Aid and Lost and Found station, several different toilets, and the command post. This map illustrates in greater detail that charter buses were to arrive between 67th Street and 72nd Street on Central Park West.
The Spring Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, later known as the National Mobilization Committee to end the War in Vietnam was founded in 1966-1967 by college students who wanted to bring an end to the Vietnam War. Its first major organized protest was the march in New York City and its sister march in San Francisco on April 15, 1967. Known as the Mobe, the group organized a march on the Pentagon in October 1967 and attended the protests at the Chicago Democratic National Convention in 1968. In 1969, the Mobe organized another anti-war protest in Washington, D.C. called the Moratorium Rally, which drew 250,000 people. By 1970, the Mobe had split into two different groups, the People's Coalition for Peace and Justice and the National Peace Action Coalition.
This map is unsigned, but it does bear the Allied Label, which is made up by the Printing, Publishing, and Media Workers Sector of the Communication Workers of America and the Graphic Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Uncatalogued in the OCLC, we located one record of this map in an institutional collection.
Very good. Light toning along bottom. Map of the Assembly Area in Central Park on verso. Accompanied by a letter from the Spring Mobilization Committee about Workshops and Conferences after the march.