Jim Crow on the Books

Jim Crow on the Books (HM1DWV)

Location: Birmingham, AL 35203 Jefferson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 30.994', W 86° 48.86'

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The first march to City Hall was organized in 1955 by Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth when he petitioned the city to hire Negro policemen. By 1963, thousands of Blacks marched on City Hall to protest Jim Crow laws that were a constant reminder of Blacks' second-class status in America. Such laws robbed them of fair voting, and public facility rights. Separate water fountains, restrooms, schools, public transportation and other facilities were marked with "Whites Only" and "Colored" or "Negroes" signs. Separate did not mean equal; facilities for Blacks were substandard to ones for Whites. When Supreme Court rulings in the 1950s began reversing the legal basis for Jim Crow nationally, Blacks in Birmingham and throughout the American South began to disobey segregation laws, demanding that the laws be repealed.
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Date Added Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 4:40am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 517242 N 3708571
Decimal Degrees33.51656667, -86.81433333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 30.994', W 86° 48.86'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 30' 59.64" N, 86° 48' 51.60" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1601 6th Ave N, Birmingham AL 35203, US
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