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Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Arthur D. Shores

"Dean of Black Lawyers in The State of Alabama."

 
 
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Photographed By Tim Carr, March 10, 2008
1. Arthur D. Shores Marker
Inscription.  During the first 30 years of his 54-year-old practice, Attorney Shores practiced all over the State of Alabama - from the Tennessee line to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile Bay, and from the Mississippi borders to the Georgia limits. During the period roughly between 1940 and 1950 he was the only lone voice in the wilderness defending the civil rights of black people. Mr. Shores practiced civil rights law all over the state of Alabama during an era in which his life was in constant jeopardy. He represented such civil rights pioneers as Martin Luther King, Jr., Arthurine Lucy, Fred Shuttlesworth and Vivian Malone.

Attorney Shores was responsible for successfully filing a case for voting rights in 1938. In 1942, he fought for and won pay equity for black teachers in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Mr. Shores' civil rights work on behalf of all Alabamians is his living legacy for our State. He not only was part of the Change during the civil rights era, but he made it happen.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights. A significant historical year for this entry is 1940.
 
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33° 30.924′ N, 86° 48.804′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 5th Avenue North, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located on the 5th Avenue side of the the The Arthur D. Shores Law Center Building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 413 16th Street North, Birmingham AL 35203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shores-Lee Law Offices/Post Office Garage (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Ruth J. Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); Carrie A. Tuggle (within shouting distance of this marker); Pauline Bray Fletcher (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Business Plans (within shouting distance of this marker); Julius Ellsberry (within shouting distance of this marker); Guards at the Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); The New Strategy (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Arthur D. Shores Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, February 13, 2010
2. Arthur D. Shores Marker
Arthur D. Shores Law Center Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, February 13, 2010
3. Arthur D. Shores Law Center Building and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,861 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   2, 3. submitted on February 14, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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