Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Elijah Cook / City of Montgomery v. Rosa Parks
Educator, Businessman, Lawmaker
Born a slave in Wetumpka in 1833, Elijah Cook became a leader in Montgomery’s African American community. Credited with helping to establish the city’s first school for blacks in the basement of the Old Ship AME Zion Church in 1865, he also selected the site for Swayne College (later Booker T. Washington School) that opened in 1868. In 1887, he assisted in posting the $10,000 surety bond to relocate the Lincoln School of Marion (later Alabama State University) to Montgomery. After serving in the legislature from 1874 to 1876, he opened an undertaking firm across from city hall in the early 1880’s.
The trial for seamstress Rosa M. Parks was held on Monday 5, December, in the Recorder’s Court of the City of Montgomery. (The room was later the site of meetings of the city council.) The trial began at 9:00 and continued for about 30 minutes. Parks and her attorney were accompanied by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, E. D. Nixon, and hundreds of interested blacks.
Erected 2011 by Sponsored by the City of Montgomery & Alabama Historical Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AME Zion) Church ⛪, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is February 22, 1956.
Location. 32° 22.776′ N, 86° 18.444′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of North Perry Street and Madison Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Perry Street. The marker is located at the northwest corner of Lister Hill Plaza, across from Montgomery City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 North Perry Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bernard Whitehurst and the Whitehurst Case / Montgomery: Learning From the Past (here, next to this marker); General Richard Montgomery StatueSt. John's Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Montgomery City Hall / Funeral for Hank Williams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Montgomery Theatre (about 500 feet away); The Montgomery Theater (about 500 feet away); Montgomery's Slave Depots/Montgomery's Slave Traders (about 500 feet away); Montgomery and Electricity / Hydroelectricity in the River Region (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
More about this marker. Fred D. Gray, who was Rosa Parks' attorney on the case (he was only 24 years old at the time), attended the unveiling of this new marker on September 29, 2011.
Also see . . . Acts of Rosa Parks, Elijah Cook recognized on new marker across from Montgomery City Hall. (Submitted on October 10, 2013, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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