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

Amelia Boynton Robinson

 

The Tuskegee Civil Rights and Historic Trail

 
Amelia Boynton Robinson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
1. Amelia Boynton Robinson Marker
Inscription.  Amelia Boynton Robinson (1911 2015) was a voting rights activist and civil rights icon. Born on August 18, 1911, in Savannah, Georgia, she received her bachelor's degree in home economics from Tuskegee University in 1927. In 1934, Mrs. Boynton Robinson became one of the few African American women registered to vote in Selma, Alabama. In 1964, she was both the first female Democratic candidate and the first African-American female to run for a seat in the U.S. Congress from the state of Alabama. The next year, she participated in the first of the Selma to Montgomery marches, commonly known as Bloody Sunday, when she was brutally beaten while trying to cross the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma. Regarding that event, she said, "I wasn't looking for notoriety. But if that's what it took, I didn't care how many licks I got." In 1990, she won the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medal of Freedom. She settled in Tuskegee in 1976 where she lived until she died on August 26, 2015.
 
Erected 2019 by City Of Tuskegee, Tuskegee University, Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation. (Marker Number 1.)
 
Marker series.
View northwest from marker towards west end of Boy Scout Circle. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
2. View northwest from marker towards west end of Boy Scout Circle.
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° 25.88′ N, 85° 42.957′ W. Marker is in Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker is on Franklin Road near Boy Scout Circle, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Franklin Road, Tuskegee Institute AL 36088, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carver's Laboratory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Monroe Campbell (approx. mile away); Tuskegee University (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Tuskegee Airmen's Plaza (approx. 0.3 miles away); Julius Rosenwald (approx. 0.4 miles away); Booker T Washington (approx. half a mile away); Lifting the Veil of Ignorance (approx. half a mile away); Fred David Gray (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuskegee Institute.
 
Also see . . .  Biography of Amelia Boynton Robinson. (Submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Marker on far left along honorary 'Amelia Boynton Robinson Parkway'. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
3. Marker on far left along honorary 'Amelia Boynton Robinson Parkway'.
Amelia Boynton Robinson (in blue clothes in wheelchair) next to President Barack Obama. image. Click for full size.
By Public domain, March 7, 2015
4. Amelia Boynton Robinson (in blue clothes in wheelchair) next to President Barack Obama.
Amelia Boynton Robinson at the start of the procession across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 2015, the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Robinson, wearing blue, is holding President Barack Obama's left hand; John Lewis is holding Obama's right.
Dedication program and associated map of trail. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 20, 2019
5. 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 112 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 20, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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