Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Jim Crow on the Books
March Route to Government
— Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail —
Birmingham, Alabama, was considered America's most segregated city. Both city and state governments created legal codes that strictly banned nearly all social contact between Blacks and Whites. City Code Section 597 said: “It shall be unlawful for a Negro and a white person to play together
"Ain't gonna let nobody turn me round was not just a song. It was a resolve."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In his book, Why We Can't Wait, 1964
Lesson A1: Learn about the Jim Crow laws used in the U.S. before 1963. How have things changed.
Erected by the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail. (Marker Number A1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1955.
Location. 33° 30.994′ N, 86° 48.86′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of 6th Avenue North and 16th Street North on 6th Avenue North. Located at NW corner of Kelly Ingram Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 17th St N, 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. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (here, next to this marker); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Don't Tread on Me (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (a few steps from this marker); Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth (within shouting distance of this marker); Police Presence (within shouting distance of this marker); Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and Parsonage (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Regarding Jim Crow on the Books. The Civil Rights Activist Committee “Home of the Foot Soldiers“ is the Information Center for the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 646 times since then and 36 times this year. Last updated on April 16, 2014, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 4. submitted on April 16, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.