Where Did the Peace Symbol Come From?

  • Nuclear disarmament protest
Nuclear disarmament protest
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In 1958, amid growing fears of Cold War nuclear proliferation, thousands of people gathered in London's Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. The protesters were there to embark on a 50-mile march to the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment in Aldermaston, a small village where England carried out weapons research, production, and testing. The demonstration was the work of the Direct Action Committee Against Nuclear War (DAC) and the newly formed Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), and it featured the debut of an image that became one of the most recognized protest symbols in the world: the peace symbol.

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