Primus King and the Civil Rights Movement Historical

Primus King and the Civil Rights Movement Historical (HM1WSM)

Location: Columbus, GA 31901 Muscogee County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 27.871', W 84° 59.435'

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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.
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HM NumberHM1WSM
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Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe Georgia Historical Society, the city of Columbus, Historic Columbus, and the Georgia Department of Economic Development
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, February 5th, 2017 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 688853 N 3593703
Decimal Degrees32.46451667, -84.99058333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.871', W 84° 59.435'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 52.26" N, 84° 59' 26.1" W
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Area Code(s)706
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 973-999 2nd Ave, Columbus GA 31901, US
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