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Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

George Washington Carver Neighborhood

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

 
 
George Washington Carver Neighborhood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
1. George Washington Carver Neighborhood Marker
Inscription. The George Washington Carver neighborhood served as base camp for the votings rights movement during the tumultuous weeks of March 1965. These blocks of brick two-story homes—the city's first and largest federal housing project for blacks, built in 1951—were headquarters to many civil rights workers. Residents offered up spare rooms and cooked extra meals for strangers from out of town—many of them white—who joined the cause. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street was still unpaved Sylvan Street then. Expectant marchers stood here day after day in the dust and mud awaiting instructions from the movement's leaders.

These were salt—of—the—earth people—school teachers, beauticians, undertakers, housewives, men, women and children from every walk of black life in Selma...nameless individuals to outsiders, faceless people to all but those of us who were there. Congressman John Lewis, former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)

Residents of the George Washington Carver neighborhood talking to Alabama State trooper.

In March 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a large rally of supporters at the George Washington Carver Project in Selma.

 
Erected 2014 by the National Park
View of George Washington Carver Neighborhood from marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
2. View of George Washington Carver Neighborhood from marker.
Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 24.831′ N, 87° 1.043′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Street and Clark Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Martin Luther King Jr. Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 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. Lewis Scott (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church (about 300 feet away); Turning Point (about 400 feet away); A Grassroots Movement (about 400 feet away); I Had A Dream (about 600 feet away); Sanctuary to Stage (about 600 feet away); George Washington Carver Homes Projects (about 700 feet away); Temple Mishkan Israel (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAfrican AmericansCivil RightsNotable Places
 
Another, nearby, marker about the George Washington Carver Projects. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
3. Another, nearby, marker about the George Washington Carver Projects.
Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Street Historic Walking Tour. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
4. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Street Historic Walking Tour.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 78 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on January 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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