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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis

1906 - 1999

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By Anita Curry, February 28, 2010
1. The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis Marker
Inscription.  Lewis began an earnest voting rights drive in the early 1940s. Credited with registering 4 generations of Montgomery voters. He established Citizenship Schools that tutored prospective black voters to fill out the literacy text, a barrier before the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Lewis opened, in 1952 the "Citizens' Club,” a night club for African Americans who were registered voters and who helped others to become voters. Lewis was a graduate of Fisk University and served as football coach at Alabama State University. In 1958, he became a partner in the Ross-Clayton Funeral Home business. He was one of the founders and first Montgomery Chapter president of the Alabama Democratic Conference, the oldest continuing black political organization in the state. Lewis was elected to the Alabama state legislature in 1974, but resigned in 1976 when U.S. President Jimmy Carter appointed him to serve as a U.S. Marshal, the first black marshal for the Middle District in Alabama.
Erected 2001 by H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Archives, Alabama Historical Association.
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By Dodson M. Curry, February 28, 2010
2. The Hon. Rufus A. Lewis Marker
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsGovernment & PoliticsIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #39 James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓 series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1965.
Location. 32° 22.293′ N, 86° 17.831′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Rufus A. Lewis Lane and Dericote Street on Rufus A. Lewis Lane. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Rufus A Lewis Lane, 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. South Jackson Street / Victor Hugo Tulane (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Georgia Gilmore (about 400 feet away); Harris House (about 500 feet away); Minister's Home / Dr. Martin Luther King (about 600 feet away); Centennial Hill (about 700 feet away); Aurelia Eliscera Shines Browder
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Swayne College / Booker T. Washington School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Charles Oscar Harris Family Home (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 7, 2010, by Dodson M. Curry of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,262 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on July 29, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 7, 2010, by Dodson M. Curry of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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