Marion in Perry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Jimmie Lee Jackson / Jackson's Death Led to 'Bloody Sunday' March
Voting Rights Martyr
Jackson, a 26-year-old black Army veteran, church deacon and hospital employee, had been active in efforts to register black voters. He himself had been denied five times.
On Feb. 18, 1965, police arrested voting rights organizer James Orange. That night Albert Turner and the Rev. James Dobynes led several hundred protesters two abreast out of Zion Methodist Church towards the jail a block away. The streetlights went out. Scores of local white police, along with sheriff's deputies and state troopers under the direction of Col. Al Lingo, attacked marchers and news reporters.
A group of protesters pursued by troopers ran
Some 600 marchers were routed by club-swinging lawmen at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, Bloody Sunday.' An attempt on March 9 was cancelled. On March 21, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led several thousand marchers to Montgomery. They reached the State Capitol in four days, their numbers swollen to 25,000.
In 2005, retired trooper James Bonard Fowler told the Anniston Star that he shot Jackson. In 2010, District Attorney Michael Jackson obtained a guilty plea to manslaughter from Fowler, then 77. Fowler served five months before being released for health reasons. Jimmie Lee Jackson's tragic story was featured in the 2015 film Selma.
the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights.
Location. 32° 37.959′ N, 87° 19.088′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Pickens Street, Marion AL 36756, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Seed is Planted (within shouting distance of this marker); Marion (within shouting distance of this marker); Nicola Marschall (within shouting distance of this marker); Perry County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate 6-pounder Field Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Muckle's Ridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honoring: Reverend James Orange (about 400 feet away); In Memory of Albert Turner, Sr. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson. (Submitted on April 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2018. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 198 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.