Georgia Civil Rights Trail: The Albany Movement

Georgia Civil Rights Trail: The Albany Movement (HM27E0)

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

N 31° 34.347', W 84° 9.341'

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The Albany Movement began here, at Shiloh Baptist Church, in November 1961. A coalition of black improvement associations and student activists from SNCC and Albany State College, the protest group set an unprecedented goal: the desegregation of an entire community, from bus stations to lunch counters. Demonstrations over two years resulted in the detention of 1,500 protesters. The participation and repeated arrests of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. brought national attention to the Albany Movement. Music sustained the campaign in Southwest Georgia and gave birth to the SNCC Freedom Singers. Legal action and the increase in black voter registration led to school desegregation, the end of public employee discrimination, and the election of black political officials in the region. Lessons learned in Albany influenced events in Birmingham in 1963.
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HM NumberHM27E0
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Year Placed2014
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and the Albany Civil Rights Institute
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Date Added Sunday, May 6th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 769950 N 3496556
Decimal Degrees31.57245000, -84.15568333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 34.347', W 84° 9.341'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 34' 20.82" N, 84° 9' 20.46" W
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Area Code(s)229
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 312 S Jefferson St, Albany GA 31701, US
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