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Primus King and the Civil Rights Movement - Columbus, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member hoteltwo
N 32° 27.871 W 084° 59.435
16S E 688853 N 3593703
Quick Description: Marker is located on 2nd Ave., just south of E. 10th St and describes the man who began the Civil Rights movement in Georgia in 1944.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 2/11/2017 4:58:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMV2AY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
Views: 3

Long Description:
Marker text:

The modern Civil Rights Movement in Georgia began on July 4, 1944, when Primus E. King, an African-American barber and minister, attempted to vote at the Muscogee County Courthouse in the Democratic Party’s primary election, which barred blacks from participating. King, a registered voter, was roughly turned away by a law enforcement officer. With the encouragement and financial backing of local activist Dr. Thomas Brewer, King filed suit in Federal court in Macon, arguing that excluding black voters was unconstitutional. The court ruled in King’s favor, as did the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, ending Georgia’s “whites only” primary. King’s challenge eliminated the legal barriers to black voting in Georgia’s state and local elections and set in motion a statewide black voter registration campaign that helped end disfranchisement and the system of Jim Crow discrimination.
Type of Marker: Other

Marker #: 106-3

Date: 2015.1

Sponsor: the Georgia Historical Society, the city of Columbus, Historic Columbus, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

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