Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Don't Tread on Me
A female protestor remains defiant as police drag her away from a demonstration in Birmingham's nearby retail district. Activists in Birmingham--led for seven years by Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth before the 1963 Birmingham Campaign--put their lives on the line to rebel against the City's unjust and unconstitutional segregation laws. One such law, City Code Section 369, said, "It shall be unlawful to conduct a restaurant in the city at which White and Colored people are served in the same room...." Many Blacks march to the retail district to protest such laws with sit-ins and boycotts of downtown stores. There, some whites spit on or verbally attack the protestors; but the non-violent protestors do not strike back.
Erected by the Birmingham Civil Rights Heritage Trail.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights.
Location. 33° 30.989′ N, 86° 48.858′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on 6th Avenue N. 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. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Don't Tread on Me (here, next to this marker); Jim Crow on the Books (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); The Children's Crusade (within shouting distance of this marker); Sixteenth Street Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 13, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 32 times this year. Last updated on May 28, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photo 1. submitted on April 16, 2014, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.