Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Charlie and Lucille Times
Civic Leaders and Civil Rights Activists
Lucille and Charlie (d. 2/7/78) Times were married on February 3, 1939. Shortly after, the Times' joined the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mr. Times received several medals and a Commendation for his service in the Army Air Corp during World War II. The Times' became registered voters in 1942. In 1948, Mrs. Times' father purchased this house as a wedding gift for the couple.
When the NAACP was outlawed in Alabama in the 1950s, the Times' hosted NAACP meetings in their home. The Times' were also members of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
According to Mrs. Times, on June 15, 1955, six months before Rosa Parks was arrested, she had a confrontation with a white bus driver who tried to run her car off the road. She argued with the bus driver who called the police, but Mrs. Times was not arrested. After that, she started boycotting the buses by driving by bus stops to pick up waiting black passengers. When the official boycott began on December 5, 1955, the Times' continued providing rides to individuals in need.
The Times' owned and operated Times' Café from 1952-1984. The café, a concrete block building located across from the house on Holt Street, was affectionately called "Sugar Hill" and was a hub of activity during the Civil Rights Movement.
In 1965, the Times' participated in the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March and opened their home to 18 activists from around the country of all races during and after the march. The Times' were charter members of many organizations and clubs.
Mrs. Times has received numerous awards for the couples' civil rights activism including the Drum Major for Justice Award. Mrs. Times also received the Senior of Alabama Award from the Montgomery Area Council on Aging. A part of her personal collection is housed in the H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College Archives in Montgomery.
The house was listed in the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 2007.
Erected by the Alabama Historical Commission.
Location. 32° 21.586′ N, 86° 19.226′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on South Holt Street 0.1 miles Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1261 South Holt Street, Montgomery AL 36108, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Home of Dr. E. D. Nixon, Sr. (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rosa Parks Branch Library / Bertha Pleasant Williams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Support: Local and Organizational (approx. ¼ mile away); Cleveland Court Apartments (approx. 0.3 miles away); Percy Lavon Julian (approx. 0.3 miles away); Holt Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article. (Submitted on March 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Trenholm State site about Lucile Times Collection. (Submitted on March 21, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • Landmarks •
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