Marion in Perry County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Jimmie Lee Jackson / Jackson's Death Led to ‘Bloody Sunday’ March
Voting Rights Martyr
Jackson, a 26-year-old black Army veteran, church deacon and hospital employee, had been active in efforts to register black voters. He himself had been denied five times.
On Feb. 18, 1965, police arrested voting rights organizer James Orange. That night Albert Turner and the Rev. James Dobynes led several hundred protesters two abreast out of Zion Methodist Church towards the jail a block away. The streetlights went out. Scores of local white police, along with sheriff's deputies and state troopers under the direction of Col. Al Lingo, attacked marchers and news reporters.
A group of protesters pursued by troopers ran behind Zion church into Mack's Cafe. Cager Lee, 82, was clubbed to the floor, along with daughter Viola Jackson, whose son Jimmie Lee was shot in the stomach while trying to help. He died eight days
Some 600 marchers were routed by club-swinging lawmen at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, Bloody Sunday.' An attempt on March 9 was cancelled. On March 21, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led several thousand marchers to Montgomery. They reached the State Capitol in four days, their numbers swollen to 25,000.
In 2005, retired trooper James Bonard Fowler told the Anniston Star that he shot Jackson. In 2010, District Attorney Michael Jackson obtained a guilty plea to manslaughter from Fowler, then 77. Fowler served five months before being released for health reasons. Jimmie Lee Jackson's tragic story was featured in the 2015 film Selma.
the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Location. 32° 37.959′ N, 87° 19.088′ W. Marker is in Marion, Alabama, in Perry County. Marker is at the intersection of Pickens Street and Jackson Street, on the right when traveling south on Pickens Street. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Perry County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Pickens Street, Marion AL 36756, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. A Seed is Planted (within shouting distance of this marker); Marion (within shouting distance of this marker); Nicola Marschall (within shouting distance of this marker); Perry County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate 6-pounder Field Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Muckle's Ridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Honoring: Reverend James Orange (about 400 feet away); In Memory of Albert Turner, Sr. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marion.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Murder of Jimmie Lee Jackson. (Submitted on April 28, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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