Marion, al: Site Visit Cultural Resources Diversity Intern, Brittany Rudolph, Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site



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Marion, AL: Site Visit

Cultural Resources Diversity Intern, Brittany Rudolph, Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site:

Recently, I visited Perry County- Marion, Alabama, the home of civil rights martyr, Jimmie Lee Jackson. The purpose of my visit to Marion was to create relationships with individuals that knew Mr. Jackson for the oral history project that I am working on this summer. I met with the Lincolonites, alumni of the school in which Mr. Jackson attended, and local leaders to set up dates in which we can come in and begin to perform the oral histories in relation to Jimmie Lee Jackson and Marion, Alabama involvement in the civil rights movement. The experience provided me the ability to tour the grounds of the school in which Mr. Jackson attended as well. Jimmie Lee Jackson was a young man who was very active in his community. He was a family man as well as the youngest deacon at his church, St. James Baptist Church in Marion, Alabama. After what was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration, Mr. Jackson was shot by Alabama State Trooper James Bernard Fowler, after trying to save his grandfather from being beaten by the policemen in Marion,Alabama on February 18, 1965.Jimmie Lee Jackson died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma, on February 26, 1965 from a complications of infection from the gunshot wound in the abdomen. The death of Jimmie Lee was the breaking ground of the historic Voters Rights March in Dallas County- Selma, Alabama.


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