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Montgomery County Circuit Court - Montgomery, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hoteltwo
N 32° 22.571 W 086° 18.380
16S E 565252 N 3582345
Quick Description: Marker is at the intersection of Washington Avenue and South Perry Street and describes this location as the site of major civil right cases heard in the county courthouse.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 7/10/2016 7:07:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMRMZ5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member muddawber
Views: 1

Long Description:
Marker text:

In 1956, 89 persons were indicted for violating an anti-boycott law; Rosa Parks' conviction was appealed; the Montgomery Improvement Association car pool was enjoined; and Fred D. Gray was accused of legal misrepresentation (actions in all 4 cases ended with the successful end of the boycott). In 1957, the NAACP was banned from Alabama (later overturned). In 1960, black Alabama State College and white MacMurray College (IIlinois) students were jailed for eating together at the Regal Cafe, and a white and a black student were arrested for attempted desegregation of the Jefferson Davis Hotel; all convictions in these cases were reversed. Also in 1960, local black ministers were sued for libel in the case that resulted in the landmark 1964 Times v. Sullivan ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, and Martin Luther King Jr. was acquitted by an all white jury in a tax case. African American lawyers arguing cases in the courts here included attorneys Fred D. Gray, Charles Langford, Solomon Seay Jr., Charles Conley, Orzell Billingsley Peter Hall, Arthur Shores and Robert Carter.
Marker Name: Montgomery County Circuit Court - Site of Major Civil Rights Cases 1956-1960

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
Erected by the Montgomery Improvement Association, Alabama Historical Association.

Date Dedicated / Placed: 2015

Marker Number: Not Listed

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