Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Trail
Seven years later, the Howard-Linton Barbershop again served an important part in a march for civil rights that would come to be known as "Bloody Tuesday."
When Tuscaloosa County planned a
new courthouse, officials assured
the black community that there
would be no segregated facilities.
But, when the courthouse opened,
there were separate bathrooms and
water fountains. On June 9, 1964,
members of the Civil Rights movement in Tuscaloosa, led by Rev. T. Y.
Rogers, Jr., attempted to march from
First African Baptist Church to the
courthouse in a non-violent protest
against the segregated facilities.
Police and white extremists attacked
them sending 34 to the hospital
and 94 to jail-more than would be
hospitalized or jailed on Bloody
Sunday in Selma a year later. Many
of the wounded retreated to the
Howard-Linton Barber shop. There
was not a towel in the shop not
covered with blood. Community
members provided first aid, while
Rev. T. W. Linton called US Attorney
General Robert Kennedy and Rev.
Martin Luther King, Jr., who were
standing by to offer assistance.
Erected 2019 by Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History Task Force. (Marker Number 18.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chabannes - Sealy House (approx. ¼ mile away); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); The Jemison Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); First African Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Friedman Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named First African Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
Regarding Howard-Linton Barbershop. Thomas Linton began cutting hair in 1951 and still cuts hair several days a week at this shop located on T.Y. Rogers Avenue.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 23, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.