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Kenneth A. Roberts and the United States Capitol Shooting of 1954: An Exhibit from our Collections
Posted on Friday January 13, 2017

On March 1, 1954, two hundred and fifty-four members of the Eighty-third Congress were debating immigration issues when a Puerto Rican Flag was unfurled and pistol fire erupted in the House of Representatives chamber. Four Puerto Rican nationalists fired thirty shots at the representatives below, wounding five of them. One of the wounded was the Democratic representative from Alabama’s Fourth District, Kenneth A. Roberts who was shot in the leg. This exhibit represents items in our collections from this event.