This Date in History

August 4, 1942: While formal charges were placed against Sports Promoter Ray C. Alvis for illegally employing a 17-year-old girl in the Riverside Stadium “walkathon,” the Washington Federation of Churches’ committee on civic affairs sent a protest against the spectacle to the District Commissioners, urging that they seek “congressional legislation prohibiting walkathons and similar exhibitions in the District.”

Washington, D.C. Spectators at the walkathon in Joe Turner's arena, April 1942

Washington, D.C. Spectators at the walkathon in Joe Turner's arena

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