Marion in Perry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
A Seed is Planted
— Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail —
Jimmie Lee Jackson, a Vietnam veteran, fled to Mack's Café (then directly behind the church) for safety, but the troopers followed. Jackson was shot while trying to protect his grandfather and mother. He died of his wounds on February 26. At his funeral, SCLC leader James Bevel declared, "it would be fitting to take Jimmie Lee's body and march it all the way to the state capital in Montgomery," planting the seed for one of the greatest efforts of the civil rights movement.
They beat people at random. They didn't have to be marching. All you had to do was be black.
Albert Turner, SCLC
worker from Marion
Inset photo: Mourners gather around the casket of Jimmie Lee Jackson. © Bettman/Corbis
Erected 2015 by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Civil Rights. A significant historical date for this entry is February 18, 1965.
Location. 32° 37.954′ N, 87° 19.07′ W. Marker is in Marion, Alabama, in Perry County. Marker is at the intersection of Pickens Street and Jefferson Street, on the right when traveling north on Pickens Street. Located in front of Zion United Methodist Church. 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. Jimmie Lee Jackson / Jackson's Death Led to 'Bloody Sunday' March (within shouting distance of this marker); Marion (within shouting distance of this marker); Nicola Marschall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Perry County Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away); Confederate 6-pounder Field Gun (about 300 feet away); Muckle's Ridge (about 400 feet away); 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.
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Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson. (Submitted on April 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Marion added to Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. Alabama Media Group entry (Submitted on April 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 186 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.