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Artillery unit passing on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Treasury, 1865
Notice in this 1865 celebration parade ending the Civil War that Pennsylvania Avenue is an unpaved, dirt road, with the Treasury building on the left

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The Army of the Potomac Paraded Down Pennsylvania Avenue
May 23, 1865

Each U.S. president since Jefferson has paraded up Pennsylvania Avenue after taking the oath of office. The funeral processions of the seven presidents that died in office followed this historic route. But the avenue is not just the setting for official events. People who are not famous have paraded and protested down that road. Jacob Coxey led 500 supporters down Pennsylvania Avenue to demand federal aid for the unemployed in the 1890s. Alice Paul marched with the suffragists in 1913. And there was much more. Ask your family what parades, protests, and events they know of that were held on Pennsylvania Avenue.
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