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Tuskegee in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Samuel "Sammy" Leamon Younge, Jr.

 

The Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail

 
Samuel "Sammy" Leamon Younge, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
1. Samuel "Sammy" Leamon Younge, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  Samuel "Sammy" Leamon Younge, Jr. (1944-1966), a civil rights and voting rights activist, was the first African American university student killed during the civil rights movement. A Tuskegee native, Younge was attending Tuskegee University when Standard Oil gas station attendant Marvin Segrest shot him as he was attempting to use a whites-only bathroom. He was an active member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and a leader of the Tuskegee Institute Advancement League (TIAL). He participated in the Selma-to-Montgomery Marches, and aided SNCC in voter registration drives in Mississippi in 1965. Along with 40 other civil rights martyrs slain between 1954 and 1968, he is honored on the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. SNCC subsequently joined the anti-war opposition stating: " The murder of Samuel (Younge) in Tuskegee, Alabama, is no different than the murder of peasants in Vietnam, for both (Younge) and the Vietnamese sought, and are seeking, to secure the rights guaranteed them by law."
 
Erected 2019 by City Of Tuskegee, Tuskegee University, Jewish American Society for
View from marker east on US-80. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
2. View from marker east on US-80.
Historic Preservation. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation Markers, and the Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail, Alabama marker series.
 
Location. 32° 25.471′ N, 85° 41.358′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is on East Martin Luther King Highway (U.S. 80) east of North Maple Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: East Martin Luther King Highway, Tuskegee AL 36083, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Macon County Legal Milestone (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Macon County Confederate Monument (about 500 feet away); Brief History of Tuskegee, Alabama (about 600 feet away); "Trade With Your Friends" (about 700 feet away); 119 Westside Street (about 700 feet away); William P. Mitchell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tuskegee High School (approx. mile away); Rosa Parks (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Sammy Younge Jr. (Submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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The view west on US-80 and Maple Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
3. The view west on US-80 and Maple Street.
Dedication program and associated map of trail. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
4. Dedication program and associated map of trail.
All thirteen new markers were dedicated on September 20th, 2019 at the Tuskegee Municipal Complex.

Please note #1 on the map, Amelia Boynton Robinson marker is actually on Franklin Road, NNW of Tuskegee University, near Boy Scout Circle.

Official image of Sammy Younge Jr. as enlisted member of the U.S. Navy. image. Click for full size.
By Public domain
5. Official image of Sammy Younge Jr. as enlisted member of the U.S. Navy.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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