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White Hall in Lowndes County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Day Two

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

 
 
Day Two Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
1. Day Two Marker
Inscription. Monday, March 22, 1965, on the second day of the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March, protesters passed this site in late afternoon. At that time the four-lane highway in front of you was only two lanes, and for safety reasons the number of marchers was reduced from 4,000 the day before to 300 as the marchers entered Lowndes County.

Marchers covered 17 miles this day and had a little more than a mile farther to go from here before they could rest for the night. Although they were tired, foot sore, and weary, their spirits were high, their smiles broad, and their purpose—securing the right to vote—remained focused.

Once on the road, we began to realize how far seventeen miles is.... Still, we had the singing to buoy our spirits, and there was no end of freedom songs to entertain us and to probably rile most of the onlookers by the road.
 
Erected 2015 by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 16.204′ N, 86° 43.628′ W. Marker is in White Hall, Alabama, in Lowndes County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 80 west of White Hall Road. Touch for map. Located within the National Park Service Lowndes Interpretive Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7002 US-80, Hayneville AL 36040, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker can be seen on right along row of bushes. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
2. Marker can be seen on right along row of bushes.
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marchers, Supporters, Hecklers (a few steps from this marker); You Gotta Move (within shouting distance of this marker); No Isolated Incident (within shouting distance of this marker); A Price Paid (within shouting distance of this marker); After the March—Tent City (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); It Started in Selma (about 300 feet away); Holy Ground Battlefield (about 700 feet away); Mount Gillard Baptist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Hall.
 
Regarding Day Two. This National Park Service site is dedicated to those who peacefully marched 54 miles from Selma to the state capitol of Montgomery in order to gain the right to vote. This significant contribution to the trail serves as a reservoir of information about the unfortunate, yet significant, events that occurred in Lowndes County during the march. The museum exhibits interpret various events, including the confrontation of seminarian Jonathan Daniels; the slaying of Viola Liuzzo, a white woman who assisted the marchers by transporting them to Selma; and the establishment of Tent City, made up of temporary dwellings filled with cots, heaters, food and water that benefited families dislodged by white landowners in Lowndes County.
The National Park Service Lowndes Interpretive Center. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
3. The National Park Service Lowndes Interpretive Center.


The $10 million structure was made possible through collaborative efforts between the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration and the Alabama Department of Transportation. There are no entrance fees required to visit this center.
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
One of many trail signs marking the route of the march. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 6, 2018
4. One of many trail signs marking the route of the march.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 7, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 7, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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