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

Sanctuary to Stage

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

 
 
Sanctuary to Stage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
1. Sanctuary to Stage Marker
Inscription. The shooting of Jimmie Lee Jackson in nearby Marion, Alabama, transformed Brown Chapel from a sanctuary into a staging area for the Selma march, In a passionate sermon SCLC worker James Bevel suggested making a pilgrimage to the State Capitol to honor Lee. They would take their grief and grievances to Governor Wallace's doorstep. Bevel's idea of a march to Montgomery took hold. In a matter of days Brown Chapel became the headquarters for the event, with civil rights workers collecting sleeping bags, tents, and raingear.

On March 7, 1965, SCLC leader Hosea Williams and SNCC chairman John Lewis left Brown Chapel and led marchers over the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The violence of Bloody Sunday sent them streaming back to the Chapel, but it also swelled the ranks. Citizens from throughout the United States arrived in Selma to wait a Brown Chapel for another chance to march—which came two days later.

I'm going to Montgomery to see Wallace, and I'm gonna walk if I want to.
James Bevel, February 26, 1965

After Jimmie Lee Jackson's death, James Bevel took to the pulpit with a defiant voice, announcing his plans to march to Montgomery.

 
Erected 2014 by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location.
View from Sanctuary to Stage Marker towards the Brown Chapel AME Church. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
2. View from Sanctuary to Stage Marker towards the Brown Chapel AME Church.
32° 24.738′ N, 87° 0.989′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is on Martin Luther King Jr. Street 0.1 miles north of St. Johns Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located across the street from the Brown Chapel AME Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Selma AL 36703, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. I Had A Dream (a few steps from this marker); George Washington Carver Homes Projects (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewis Scott (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Washington Carver Neighborhood (about 600 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Turning Point (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Grassroots Movement (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Honor of James Joseph Reeb (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
 
Also see . . .  National Park Service Historic Places - Brown Chapel AME Church. (Submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Additional keywords. Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights
 
The Brown Chapel AME Church. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
3. The Brown Chapel AME Church.
James Bevel's plan for a march from Selma to Montgomery resulted in "Bloody Sunday" image. Click for full size.
By Public domain, March 1, 1965
4. James Bevel's plan for a march from Selma to Montgomery resulted in "Bloody Sunday"
Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Street Historic Walking Tour. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
5. Part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Street Historic Walking Tour.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 87 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 6, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   5. submitted on January 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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