“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis

1906 - 1999

The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anita Curry, February 28, 2010
1. The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis Marker
Inscription. Lewis began an earnest voting rights drive in the early 1940s. Credited with registering 4 generations of Montgomery voters. He established Citizenship Schools that tutored prospective black voters to fill out the literacy text, a barrier before the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Lewis opened, in 1952 the "Citizens' Club,” a night club for African Americans who were registered voters and who helped others to become voters. Lewis was a graduate of Fisk University and served as football coach at Alabama State University. In 1958, he became a partner in the Ross-Clayton Funeral Home business. He was one of the founders and first Montgomery Chapter president of the Alabama Democratic Conference, the oldest continuing black political organization in the state. Lewis was elected to the Alabama state legislature in 1974, but resigned in 1976 when U.S. President Jimmy Carter appointed him to serve as a U.S. Marshal, the first black marshal for the Middle District in Alabama.
Erected by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 32° 22.293′ N, 86° 17.826′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Rufus A. Lewis Lane. Click for map. Marker is at intersection of Dericote
The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dodson M. Curry, February 28, 2010
2. The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis Marker
Home of Rufus A. Lewis
and Bolivar Sts. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Rufus A. Lewis Lane, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. South Jackson Street / Victor Hugo Tulane (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Georgia Gilmore (about 400 feet away); Minister's Home / Dr. Martin Luther King (about 600 feet away); Harris House (about 700 feet away); Centennial Hill (about 800 feet away); Aurelia Eliscera Shines Browder (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Jackson-Community House/The Montgomery City Federation of Women’s Clubs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Swayne College / Booker T. Washington School (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsNotable Persons
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