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

Lewis Scott

A Quote from Lewis - "I See With Memory"

Lewis Scott Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
1. Lewis Scott Marker
Inscription.  At the age of 20, Lewis lost his sight in 1957 from Glaucoma. He learned the language of braille, other independent living and vocational skills during his attendance at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Talladega, Alabama.

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
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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 amount they had regardless of the cost of the item.

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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 4, 1957.
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. Located next to the Selma Police Department (GWC Precinct). Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Martin Luther King Jr Street, Selma AL 36703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Lewis Scott Marker near PD office and GWC homes. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
2. Lewis Scott Marker near PD office and GWC homes.
marker. George Washington Carver Neighborhood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); I Had A Dream (about 300 feet away); Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church (about 400 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 6, 2018. It was originally submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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