Farmers Protest Disrupts National Mall

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Protesting farmers arrive at the National Mall and surround Smithsonian buildings with tractors. "Early reports from the National Park Service said tractor damage to the Mall may cost about $1.1 million to repair. The only damage to Smithsonian property [as of the time of publication of the Torch] ... occurred at the Freer Gallery of on February 7 when a tractor drove up toward the entrance, breaking the third step from the bottom.


  • Freer Gallery of Art
  • United States. National Park Service


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Torch, 3/1979, p. 6.

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February 5, 1979


  • Architecture
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  • Buildings


Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)

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