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Decatur in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Decatur

 
 
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Georgia Historical Society, 2021
1. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Decatur Marker
Inscription.  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was sentenced here, at the site of the former DeKalb Building, on October 25, 1960, to four months of hard labor for protesting segregation with the Atlanta Student Movement at a Rich's Department Store dining room. His arrest violated parole conditions set by Judge J. Oscar Mitchell, who had convicted King of driving without a Georgia license, even though he carried a valid Alabama license. Mitchell's harsh sentencing of King's parole violation energized Civil Rights activists and amplified demands to end racist laws and policies. King's mistreatment focused national attention on the Civil Rights Movement when John and Robert Kennedy intervened to free King from prison. As a result, many Black voters switched parties to help elect John F. Kennedy president, setting the stage for major Civil Rights legislation.
 
Erected 2021 by Georgia Historical Society; Students of Decatur High School; the Beacon Hill Black Alliance for Human Rights; and the City of Decatur. (Marker Number 44-3.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
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Georgia Historical Society, 2021
2. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Decatur Marker
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Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. series list. A significant historical date for this entry is October 25, 1960.
 
Location. 33° 46.401′ N, 84° 17.8′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of McDonough Street and Trinity Place, on the right when traveling south on McDonough Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 W Trinity Pl, Decatur GA 30030, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lynching in America / Lynching in DeKalb County (within shouting distance of this marker); DeKalb County Confederate Monument Contextualization (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Indian Trails of Dekalb County (about 600 feet away); Garrard’s Cavalry Raid (about 600 feet away); Old Dekalb County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); The Stoneman Raid (about 600 feet away); Houston Mill Millstone (about 700 feet away); DeKalb County (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.

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Jun. 18, 2021