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

"Trade With Your Friends"

The Tuskegee Boycott

 

The Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail

 
"Trade With Your Friends" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
1. "Trade With Your Friends" Marker
Inscription.  In 1957, local government officials in Tuskegee, Alabama sought to gerrymander the city's limits in an attempt to diminish the number of black votes in upcoming elections. Alabama state senator Sam Engelhardt sponsored Act 140, which transformed Tuskegee's boundaries into a twenty- eight-sided shape. This action disenfranchised the majority of the city's black voters in city elections. On June 25, over 3,000 black citizens met at Butler Chapel AME Zion Church in support of the Tuskegee Civic Association (TCA) and its proposed boycott of white owned businesses. Termed "trade with your friends," the boycott continued for four years until the United States Supreme Court ruled that the State of Alabama had violated the 15th Amendment (Gomillion v. Lightfoot, 364 U.S. 339 (1960)). The city's boundaries were then returned to their original positions in early 1961. The boycott proved economically devastating for white owned businesses that preferred to go out of business rather than give blacks the right to vote.
 
Erected 2019 by City Of Tuskegee, Tuskegee University, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation.
View of marker and some of the current businesses nearby. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
2. View of marker and some of the current businesses nearby.
(Marker Number 9.)
 
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° 25.424′ N, 85° 41.477′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is on Westside Street south of West Northside Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Westside Street, 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. 119 Westside Street (a few steps from this marker); Brief History of Tuskegee, Alabama (within shouting distance of this marker); Macon County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Macon County Legal Milestone (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); William P. Mitchell (about 500 feet away); Samuel "Sammy" Leamon Younge, Jr. (about 700 feet away); Tuskegee High School (approx. mile away); Rosa Parks (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on the Gomillion v. Lightfoot Supreme Court Case. (Submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Macon History article shows the gerrymandering maps. (Submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Marker with view towards Macon County Courthouse in distance. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
3. Marker with view towards Macon County Courthouse in distance.

 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsGovernment & Politics
 
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.

 

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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 49 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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