Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Selma-to-Montgomery March ended here on March 25, 1965, when 25,000 civil rights marchers arrived at the Alabama State Capitol to demand the right to vote for African Americans. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders addressed the marchers and the nation, culminating a series of demonstrations that began in Selma on March 7 - "Bloody Sunday" - when some 600 peaceful protesters were savagely beaten by lawmen as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
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In January 1965, activists led by Dr. King launched a series of voter registration drives and demonstrations to secure the right of black citizens to register and vote in Alabama elections - a constitutional right impeded by Gov. George Wallace and other officials. They were met with state-sponsored terrorism. On the night of February 18 in Marion, amid a melee that began when police started clubbing peaceful protesters, a state trooper shot and killed a young black man, Jimmie Lee Jackson. Infuriated by Jackson's murder, leaders of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference called upon residents of Alabama's Black Belt counties to peacefully march on the Alabama Capitol to demand voting reforms. Less than
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Erected 2012 by Alabama Historical Association.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr. marker series.
Location. 32° 22.667′ N, 86° 18.067′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on N Bainbridge Street north of Dexter Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Alabama State Capitol. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36130, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jefferson Davis (a few steps from this marker); Alabama's First Capitals / The Alabama State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); John Allan Wyeth (within shouting distance of this marker); Black Members of the Alabama Legislature Who Served During The Reconstruction Period of 1868-1879 (within shouting distance of this marker); Thousands Protest at the Seat of Government Alabama State Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); James Marion Sims (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 21, 2013, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 766 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2013, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.