Southern Railway Station Attack

Southern Railway Station Attack (HM20GE)

Location: Anniston, AL 36203 Calhoun County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 38.951', W 85° 49.927'

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January 2, 1961

—Anniston Civil Rights Trail —

Local "Jim Crow" laws in the first half of the 20th century enforced racial segregation in public transportation facilities throughout the South. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Boynton v. Virginia (1960) upheld that segregation in these facilities was illegal, yet African American Talladega College student Art Bacon encountered hostility when he arrived by train at this station. As he left the station, he was beaten by five white men for sitting in the formerly "whites-only" waiting room.

Four days later, Talladega College students and faculty marched peacefully along Gurnee Avenue, at one point circling the police station, in protest of the assault.
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HM NumberHM20GE
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Year Placed2016
Placed ByCity of Anniston Historic Trails Program
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, August 5th, 2017 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 608295 N 3723870
Decimal Degrees33.64918333, -85.83211667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 38.951', W 85° 49.927'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 38' 57.0600" N, 85° 49' 55.6200" W
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Area Code(s)256, 205
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 W 4th St, Anniston AL 36203, US
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