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Butler Chapel AME Zion Church

 
 
Butler Chapel AME Zion Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2013
1. Butler Chapel AME Zion Church Marker
Inscription. Before the mid-1960s, Tuskegee’s black population faced many challenges when attempting to register to vote. Furthermore, the State of Alabama redrew the town’s political boundaries in an effort to prevent registered blacks from voting in local elections. In response to this discrimination, several thousand people gathered at Butler Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church on June 25, 1957 for the first meeting of the Tuskegee Civic Association’s “Crusade for Citizenship.” Rev. Kenneth L. Buford, minister of Butler Chapel, along with several other speakers, urged their listeners to boycott white businesses. Local citizens challenged the boundary changes in court and won. National court cases and legislation eventually secured blacks the right to register to vote. By February 1964, Macon County had a predominately black electorate and several black citizens had been elected to offices, including Rev. Kenneth L. Buford, who served on the Tuskegee City Council.
 
Erected by Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 25.113′ N, 85° 41.965′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is on North Church Street north of West Martin Luther King Highway (U.S. 80), on the left when traveling
Booker T. Washington's First School located here. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2013
2. Booker T. Washington's First School located here.
north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1002 North Church Street, Tuskegee AL 36083, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Booker T. Washington (here, next to this marker); 119 Westside Street (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brief History of Tuskegee, Alabama (approx. 0.6 miles away); Macon County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Macon County Legal Milestone (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dorothy Hall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lifting the Veil of Ignorance (approx. 0.9 miles away); Booker T Washington (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tuskegee.
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches, Etc.Civil Rights
 
Butler Chapel AME Zion Church image. Click for full size.
By Google street view
3. Butler Chapel AME Zion Church
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 468 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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