“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

"Peace Be Still"

Mark 4:39

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By Beverly Pfingsten, April 5, 2014
1. "Peace Be Still" Marker
Inscription.  On Palm Sunday, 1963 Rev. N. H. Smith, Rev. John T. Porter and Rev. A. D. King led a sympathy march from St. Paul United Methodist Church down 6th Avenue North in support of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth and Rev. Ralph Abernathy who were in jail. 2,000 marchers assembled behind Smith, Porter and King like a "storm cloud". The march climaxed at Kelly Ingram Park where the marchers were met by billy clubs and police dogs. In the heat of the event these three ministers knelt to pray. This statue was built to capture the photograph taken at that event. These three ministers, along with other clergy and laypersons, were at the core of the movement that changed the world.

This plaque installed in memory of these ministers by Reverend Anthony "Alann" Johnson, grandson of Rev. N. H. Smith and The City of Birmingham
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1963.
Location. 33° 30.975′ N, 86° 48.761′ 
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By Bill Pfingsten, April 5, 2014
2. "Peace Be Still"
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W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from 17th Street N. Marker is in Kelly Ingram Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Kneeling Ministers (here, next to this marker); Ground Zero (within shouting distance of this marker); Reflecting Pool (within shouting distance of this marker); Foot Soldier Tribute (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Osmond Kelly Ingram (about 300 feet away); The Foot Soldiers (about 300 feet away); Water Cannons (about 300 feet away); Non-Violent Foot Soldiers (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 627 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 16, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.

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