Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Home of Ralph David Abernathy
(March 11, 1926-April 30, 1990)
Dr. Abernathy graduated from Alabama State University in 1950 and from Atlanta University in 1951. He and his family lived here while he was pastor of the First Baptist Church located on Ripley Street in Montgomery, Alabama.
In 1955, Abernathy along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped lead the successful boycott of Montgomery’s segregated bus system. In 1957, both his church and this home were bombed. In 1960, Abernathy, King and other ministers established the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to lead a nonviolent Civil Rights Movement throughout the South.
In 1965 Abernathy and Dr. King helped lead the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march which led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Abernathy succeeded Dr. King as president of the SCLC, and within weeks, led the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968, to pursue greater economic opportunity and social justice.
Ralph David Abernathy continued to work for the cause of civil rights until his death in 1990.
Erected by the Alabama Historical Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1950.
Location. 32° 21.95′ N, 86° 17.48′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Hall Street and Tuttle Street, on the right when traveling north on Hall Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1368 Hall Street, Montgomery AL 36106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of Nat "King" Cole (a few steps from this marker); Alabama State University / Tatum Street (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Johnnie R. and Arlam Carr, Sr. Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Rosa Louise Parks (approx. ¼ mile away); Birth of Montgomery Bus Boycott (approx. ¼ mile away); Alabama State University / Tullibody (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hall Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Black Members of the Alabama Legislature Who Served During The Reconstruction Period of 1868-1879 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . . Ralph D. Abernathy Biography. (Submitted on January 12, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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