Protesters head to DC for ‘second phase’ of campaign inspired by Dr King that saw thousands travel by mule train to camp on the National Mall

In May 1968, Michael Jossell watched from his front yard as dozens of wagons set out from Marks, Mississippi.

They were carrying 82 people, and heading to Washington DC. The mule train, as it became known, took several weeks to reach the capital, where the passengers – each of them black and poor – joined thousands of others in setting up camp on the Washington Mall.

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