The March to Montgomery

Pick 'em up and lay 'em down...
   All the way from Selma town.

[© James Karales]

"Turn-Around Tuesday"

[Photographer unknown]

The 2nd attempt to march to Montgomery is forced to turn around on Tuesday, March 9th.

"The Berlin Wall"

[© John Kouns]

 

To prevent any further marching, the police stretch a rope across Sylvan Street outside of Brown Chapel. It is guarded by a line of cops. Anyone marching past the rope faces arrest, a beating, or worse.

[© John Phillips]

 

Around the clock — 24/7 — day after day, night after night, in freezing rain and blazing sun, the marchers press against the rope they call the "Berlin Wall."

[© Bob Adelman]


We're gonna stand here 'till it falls,
Till it falls,
Till it falls,
We're gonna stand here 'till it falls
In Selma, Alabama!

[© John Phillips]
[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo] Marchers attempt to circumvent the "wall."

[© John Kouns]

 

Sheriffs deputies and possemen stand ready to stop them.

Students open a "Second Front" in Montgomery

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

Black Students from Tuskegee and Alabama State march on the capitol in Montgomery to demand voting rights.

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

 

Blocked and surrounded by cops in front of the capitol.

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo] [Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

Confrontation at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

 

SNCC leader Jim Forman is arrested and dragged away.

[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo]

Student Marchers Attacked in Montgomery

Mounted troopers and posseman attack student protesters in Montgomery
[Alabama Dept. Public Safety photo] [Photographer unknown]

 

Marching to Montgomery

[© John Kouns]

 

March 21st. Marching out of Selma on the road to Montgomery.

[© Matt Herron

Crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, thousands strong.

[Library of Congress]

[© Ivan Massar]
[© Bruce Davidson]

 

The March crosses Lowndes County, a stronghold of the Ku Klux Klan.

Population: 81% Black, 19% white.
Voter registration: Blacks 0, whites 2240 (118%)
[© John Phillips]

 

 

Lowndes County, Hiway-80 from Selma to Montgomery.

[© Spider Martin]
[© Spider Martin]
[© Bruce Davidson]

[Photograher unknown]

[© Matt Herron]

 

Dr. June Finer and other doctors & nurses of the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR) administer first-aid to the marchers.

[© Matt Herron]
[© Matt Herron]
[© Ivan Massar]

[Bruce Hartford] [© John Phillips]

[Photographer unknown]

Through drenching rain
and freezing cold...

[© Matt Herron]
[© Ivan Massar]

[© Matt Herron]

[© Matt Herron]

[© John Kouns]

 

On the Jefferson Davis highway (US-80), approaching Montgomery.

[Ken Thompson]

Marching Through Montgomery

[Photographer unknown]

[Photographer unknown]

[© Peter Pettus]

50,000 strong, the March advances towards the Capitol building in Montgomery. [© Ivan Massar]


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