Thousands Protest at the Seat of Government

Thousands Protest at the Seat of Government (HM1PUJ)

Location: Montgomery, AL 36104 Montgomery County
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N 32° 22.654', W 86° 18.087'

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Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

— Dexter Avenue —

On Thursday, March 25, 1965, the Selma to Montgomery
marchers left St. Jude and continued through the streets
of Montgomery, the crowd swelling in numbers as they
approached Court Square. By the time they reached
Dexter Avenue, a crowd of more than 25,000 arrived at
the steps of the Alabama State Capitol.

Standing in the shadow of the seat of government, Dr
Martin Luther King, Jr. faced the tired yet jubilant marchers
and delivered his now iconic speech, "How Long, Not Long."

After delivering the speech and as millions watched
throughout the world, King and the marchers approached
the entrance to the state capitol with a petition for
Governor Wallace. A line of state troopers blocked the
door, declaring the governor was not in. The marchers
stood firm until one of Wallace's secretaries appeared
and took the petition.

Following the march in Montgomery, President Lyndon
B. Johnson pushed for lasting civil rights change in
Washington D.C through the passing of the Voting Rights
Act. Signed into law August 6, 1965, it prohibited most
of the practices used to prevent blacks from registering
to vote, and provided for federal registrars to go to
Alabama and other states with a history of voting-related
discrimination to ensure that the law was implemented.
Marker Number11
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe City of Montgomery
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, December 7th, 2015 at 1:03pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 565710 N 3582501
Decimal Degrees32.37756667, -86.30145000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.654', W 86° 18.087'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 39.24" N, 86° 18' 5.22" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)334
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 532-670 Dexter Ave, Montgomery AL 36104, US
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