Called to the Mall: Read Excerpts from this Anthology of Kids’ Stories About the National Mall

Called to the Mall: Stories About the National Mall coverThe National Mall belongs to all of us. It is the Stage for American Democracy. No matter who you are, what you believe, what direction you want our country to go, you have a place in our nation’s capital to speak out and exercise your First Amendment freedoms. We can all trust that on the Mall our point of view will be heard, be protected, be respected.

We sincerely appreciate the wondrous work these talented students of the Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School, along with their teacher Louise Parker Kelley, have done on this civics project. Their deeply personal essays and drawings reveal the many ways the Mall touches and inspires hearts and minds: a place where history happens every day, where we can explore our national heritage, art, and science, where we can simply walk or play in the majestic landscape amid our national museums and monuments.

We are all called to the Mall, and we are committed to protecting and preserving it for everyone.

— Judy Scott Feldman.,  PhD, Chair of the Natiional Mall Coalition

Read the stories below

Called to the Mall: Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

Called to the Mall: Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

By Aniyah Harris, 9 years old Right now, in June of 2016, there are no monuments to famous African-American women...
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Called to the Mall: Rosa Parks: A Brave Black Woman

Called to the Mall: Rosa Parks: A Brave Black Woman

By Mykia Plummer, 9 years old -- There is a statue of Mrs. Rosa Parks in Washington, D.C.
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Called to the Mall: National Mall — Great Place to Be

Called to the Mall: National Mall — Great Place to Be

By Eshan Timberlake, who is 10 years old -- Many important things have happened at the National Mall. It looks like a big field with lots of grass, and some trees.
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Called to the Mall: Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C.!

Called to the Mall: Cherry Blossom Festival in D.C.!

By Jalen Gabriel, 10 years old -- I get to live in Washington, D.C., where the Cherry Blossom Festival happens every year.
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Called to the Mall: The Lincoln Memorial

Called to the Mall: The Lincoln Memorial

By Tariq Timberlake, 10 years old -- The Lincoln Memorial is an important part of the National Mall.
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Called to the Mall: This Sculpture Tells the Story of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War

Called to the Mall: This Sculpture Tells the Story of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment in the Civil War

By Naod Samuel, 9 years old -- This great sculpture, called the Shaw Memorial, is in the National Gallery of Art on the Mall in D.C.
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Called to the Mall: John Lewis: He Changed the World

Called to the Mall: John Lewis: He Changed the World

By Byron Johnson, 10 years old -- John Lewis, the civil rights leader, was born February 21, 1940.
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Called to the Mall: Girls On Fire

Called to the Mall: Girls On Fire

By Sia Rosalia Ahmadu, 9 years old -- This year in Washington, D.C., at the National Mall, there were girls on fire, marching for equality on January 21, 2017.
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Called to the Mall: Memorial for Martin

Called to the Mall: Memorial for Martin

By Moses Jackson, 8 years old -- There is a spectacular memorial to Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., with his words on the walls.
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Called to the Mall: Presenting Marian Anderson

Called to the Mall: Presenting Marian Anderson

By Sydney Cuff, 11 years old -- Marian Anderson was a beautiful and strong opera singer.
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