Sargent Shriver, Director of the Peace Corps, tours Afghanistan.

a. Shriver (holding package) surveys the wares of a hat merchant. b. Letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King Zahir Shah.
Qandahar, 1964
Washington, D.C., 1964

The Peace Corps was officially founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, who named his brother-in-law Sargent Shriver as its first director. Within a year, Peace Corps Volunteers were settled in Afghanistan, working with local communities and government organizations. Shriver visited the country on an inspection tour in 1964 and
conveyed President Johnson’s warm greetings to King Zahir Shah.

Courtesy of the National Archives Still Picture Unit. 490-D-1-API-1-30.
Photograph by Paul Conklin.
Document courtesy of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library. National Security File,
Special Head of State Correspondence File, “Afghanistan 11/22/63-10/1/66,” Box 2.


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