Freedom Alley and City Hall

Freedom Alley and City Hall (HM27DO)

Location: Albany, GA 31701 Dougherty County
Country: United States of America

N 31° 34.695', W 84° 9.171'

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During the Albany Movement (1961-1963), as part of the Civil Rights Movement, the area here bordering the former Albany City Hall and jail became known as Freedom Alley. Located at what is now the Central Square Government Complex, the location served as a holding spot as hundreds of Civil Rights protestors awaited booking during police chief Laurie Pritchett's campaign of mass arrests. To avoid violent confrontations and charges of violating civil rights, Pritchett authorized arrests for minor offenses, which were harder to dispute in court. Using this tactic, Pritchett's police force arrested far more inmates than the Albany jail could hold, and many protestors were sent to jails in neighboring counties. As many as 1,500 protestors were arrested. Many demonstrators, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were arrested and jailed multiple times during the Albany Movement.
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HM NumberHM27DO
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Year Placed2018
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Society, Albany Civil Rights Institute, Inc., and Albany-Dougherty Historic Preservation Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, May 5th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 770202 N 3497206
Decimal Degrees31.57825000, -84.15285000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 34.695', W 84° 9.171'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 34' 41.7" N, 84° 9' 10.26" W
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Area Code(s)229
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 230 Pine Ave, Albany GA 31701, US
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