You Gotta Move

You Gotta Move (HM24EU)

Location: Hayneville, AL 36040 Lowndes County
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N 32° 16.233', W 86° 43.632'

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Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

In December 1965, a city of tents appeared on this site. The temporary shelters were homes for evicted black sharecropper families. These farmers worked and lived their lives on white-owned farms in Lowndes County. But when they dared to register to vote, following passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, white landowners ran them from their homes and livelihood.

The Davis family was evicted after 25 years, the Glover family after 35 years, and the Lusane family after 60 years. Some 40 families were turned out. Some moved in with friends or relatives. Others left the county. And still others left the state. Those who had no place else to go came here to Tent City. Walk the path and learn more about these people and their struggle.

A Community Comes Together
After the wave of evictions hit, the Lowndes County Christian Movement for Human Rights (LCCMHR) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) scrambled to keep families together. LCCMHR purchased six-plus acres here and with the help of SNCC and local volunteers erected canvas tents, set up army cots, and installed stove heaters in the tents in time for the arrival of the first Tent City residents.

I registered in August and got asked to leave our house in October after we had been there seven years.Tent

City resident Mrs. Annie Belle "Sugar Mama" Scott (now Mrs. Brown), quoted in The New York Times, January 1, 1966
HM NumberHM24EU
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 525691 N 3570457
Decimal Degrees32.27055000, -86.72720000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 16.233', W 86° 43.632'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 16' 13.98" N, 86° 43' 37.92" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7153 US-80, Hayneville AL 36040, US
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