QUB Civil Rights Banner

Contributed by Museum of Free Derry

Queen's University (Belfast) Civil Rights Association Banner

The banner was last carried on the anti-internment march on 30 January 1972 - Bloody SundayThe banner was carried on a number of marches demanding better conditions and civil rights for the Catholic minority in Northern Ireland in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It was last carried on a march to protest against internment, the detention without trial or sentence of men and women suspected of belonging to paramilitary groups. The march on 30 January 1972 became known as Bloody Sunday when the Parachute regiment killed 13 unarmed marchers and wounded 15 others. The banner was dropped in the derelict house at Free Derry Corner as the students fled the gunfire, where it was found by a local boy, Hugh Doherty, the following day. He kept it in his attic for the next 30 years before donating it to the Museum of Free Derry.

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