President Franklin D. and Mrs. (Eleanor) Roosevelt attend Sunday worship services in Washington, DC.
Washington DC USA Date:1937 Duration:1 min 48 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Church choir members in white robes line the sidewalk and enter St. Thomas' Parish Episcopal Church, located at 1772 Church Street, NW, in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, D.C. The President and First Lady are seen arriving in the President's 1937 Packard seven-passenger parade touring car, accompanied by several Secret Service agents, walking beside the car and others riding in a car behind. People gather along the sidewalks to get a glimpse of President and Mrs. Roosevelt. Policemen maintain cordons in front of the sightseers. The Presidential motorcade drives up to an awning-covered side entrance of the stone church. Views of the building in the background. Following the worship service, President Roosevelt poses alongside two clergy from the church (one of whom may be Howard Sargent Wilkinson called as Rector of St Thomas Parish in 1936). Mrs. Roosevelt is seen behind in a fur coat. The President uses a cane to steady himself. Later the presidential open car departs (bearing license plate with number 101). It is followed by another car carrying Secret Service agents, bearing license plate reading: "USSS" for U.S. Secret Service. (Note: The Sanctuary building of St. Thomas' Parish Church was destroyed by fire, believed to be result of arson, in 1970.)
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