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

John L. LeFlore

1903- 1976

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2017
1. John L. LeFlore Marker
Inscription. A postal worker, a community leader, a state legislator, a journalist, and a civil rights activist, Mobile native John L. LeFlore spent 50 years working to peacefully transform the character of the city and create opportunities to enhance citizens' lives.

In 1925, the injustices of segregation led LeFlore and other citizens to reorganize the local chapter of the NAACP until the State of Alabama outlawed its operation in 1956. The Non Partisan Voters League (NPVL) then became the premier civil rights organization in Mobile. LeFlore became NPVL Director of Case Work, a position he held for over 20 years.

Under LeFlore's direction, NPVL filed several major court cases which included the Birdie Mae Davis case, the desegregation of the Mobile County School System, Brown vs. Moore which argued that black voting strength was diluted by the city commission form of government and Bolden vs. the City of Mobile, effectively changing the city's form of government from a commission to districts. He served one year in the Alabama Legislature before his death.

His selfless leadership style forged a unifying relationship with then Mayor Joseph N. Langan – who appointed him to the Board of Commissioners on the Mobile Housing Authority in 1966. Their relationship led to African Americans' equal opportunity in education
Statue of John L. LeFlore & Joseph N. Langan. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2017
2. Statue of John L. LeFlore & Joseph N. Langan.
and business. His remarkable leadership and quiet character will forever serve as an illuminating light to highlight Mobile's greatest strength – unity.
 
Erected 2010 by the City of Mobile.
 
Location. 30° 41.431′ N, 88° 3.363′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of St. Anthony Street and North Broad Street. Touch for map. Located at Unity Point Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Spring Hill Avenue, Mobile AL 36604, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Joseph (Joe) N. Langan (a few steps from this marker); Mobile City Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); U.S. Marine Hospital (about 500 feet away); Vivian Malone Jones (about 800 feet away); Caldwell School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Protestant Children's Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Convent of Mercy (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Louis Street Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
 
More about this marker. The park was established in 2009 and the statue placed in 2010.
 
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John L. LeFlore Marker and the statue. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 10, 2017
3. John L. LeFlore Marker and the statue.
 A Encyclopedia of Alabama article on John LeFlore. (Submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 12, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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