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New Richmond in St. Croix County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Right to Vote

John Doar History Trail

 
 
The Right to Vote Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Fitzie Heimdahl, March 30, 2020
1. The Right to Vote Marker
Inscription.  After going east for college and west for law school, and serving in the Army Air Corps, John came home to New Richmond in 1950 to practice law with his father, brother Tom and cousin Warren.

In July 1960, John left New Richmond to move to Washington, DC to serve in the newly established Civil Rights Division of the United States Justice Department.

Soon after starting in the Division, John traveled south to Haywood County, Tennessee and East Carroll Parish, Louisiana investigating voting rights cases. Those first efforts, and the many cases that the Division brought throughout the south over the next five years, laid the legal foundation for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Photo captions: In November 1960, John took this photo of L.A.Perry of Haywood County, Tenn. Mr. Perry registered to vote in May, 1960. in July 1960, after farming the land of Homer Rainy for 15 years, Perry and six members of his family received a notice of eviction to move at the end of the crop year.

John presented this photograph and accompanying affidavit, and others like them, as evidence in US v. Beaty, et al., one of the first

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important voting rights cases brought by the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice. Prior to 1960, no African-Americans were registered to vote in Haywood County. By 1963, 2,300 African-Americans were registered.

 
Erected 2017.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights.
 
Location. 45° 7.391′ N, 92° 32.344′ W. Marker is in New Richmond, Wisconsin, in St. Croix County. Located in Mill Pond Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 215 North Knowles Avenue, New Richmond WI 54017, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Childhood (here, next to this marker); Civil Rights Struggle (within shouting distance of this marker); John Doar (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil Rights Workers (within shouting distance of this marker); Nixon Impeachment (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Medal of Freedom (about 400 feet away); Paperjack Creek (approx. 0.9 miles away); Bell-Tierney Farmhouse (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Richmond.
 
The Right to Vote Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Fitzie Heimdahl, March 30, 2020
2. The Right to Vote Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 30, 2020, by Fitzie Heimdahl of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 30, 2020, by Fitzie Heimdahl of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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