Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
A Quote from Lewis - “I See With Memory”
Lewis opened the small convenience store in 1962 under the direction of Alabama Department of Rehabilitation. The store was located in the George Washington Carver Homes, or "GWC Homes" or "the Projects".
It was also during this time of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Movement and set only yards away from two of the movement historical mass meeting sites, First Baptist Church sat to the right and Brown Chapel AME to its left.
Lewis operated the business for 47 years, through four generation of families who lived in the G.W.C. Homes. He became meshed in the community as one of and part of the projects to ensure that their grocery or other personal items would be available. Lewis opened the store, 7 days a week, 11 hour days on Monday-Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday - after Church. He only closed for Christmas and July 4th. He would work half day on Thanksgiving in case someone needed something for their Thanksgiving dinner. He never allowed anyone to come in and not leave without getting what they wanted. He would extend credit or in some cases take what
He was named the "Blind Person of the Year" by the VIP group in the Year 2000. When asked how he managed to operate a business, being blind he stated, "I don't have a lot of stuff in my store, but I know what I have and I know how much it costs", "I see with Memory".
Lewis closed the store in 2009 when his health failed. Lewis always exemplified love for the community, courage, strength and determination in spite of a disability.
Location. 32° 24.798′ N, 87° 1.005′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is on Martin Luther King Jr. Street 0.1 miles north of St. Johns Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located next to the Selma Police Department (GWC Precinct). Marker is at or near this postal address: Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Selma AL 36703, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington Carver Neighborhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); I Had A Dream (about 300 feet away); Sanctuary to Stage (about 400 feet away); George Washington Carver Homes Projects (about 400 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); Turning Point (about 600 feet away); A Grassroots Movement (about 600 feet away); Highlights of Selma History / William Rufus DeVane King 1786-1853 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
Categories. • African Americans • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 105 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.