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State archives releases new digital exhibit honoring 50th anniversary of RFK’s presidential campaign

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June 5, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s victory in the California Primary for the Democratic nomination for President, as well as his tragic assassination. To remember both the triumph of his campaign efforts in the Golden State and tragedy of his assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, the California State Archives has released a short digital exhibit: “A Campaign to Unite the Nation: Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential Campaign for President”.

“Half a century later, Robert F. Kennedy’s campaign rooted in unity remains an inspiration to many Americans,” said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. “His campaign of inclusion focused on bridging gaps and building coalitions– and it clearly resonated in the nation’s most diverse state. The State Archives exhibit helps tell the story of one of the 20th century’s most impactful campaigns. It is an important part of both California and American history that we have preserved and it deserves to be shared with future generations.”
The exhibit tells the story of Robert F. Kennedy’s California campaign and his assassination through rare photos, original campaign materials, speeches, police records and other documents that are preserved at the State Archives.

This is the State Archives’ 13th online exhibit to be hosted by Google Arts & Culture. Padilla has made digitizing the treasurers of the State Archives a priority, according to his office.

The exhibit can be viewed at artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/JAIyuonKDz2LLQ.

Source: Padilla’s office

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State archives releases new digital exhibit honoring 50th anniversary of RFK’s presidential campaign