Historic Markers Across Georgia

Georgia Civil Rights Trail / The Albany Movement

Marker ID: GHS 47-2
Location: 325 Whitney Ave, Albany, Georgia
County: Dougherty
Coordinates: N 31° 34.345    W 084° 9.343
  31.57241666    -84.15571666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Georgia Civil Rights Trail
The Albany Movement

The Albany movement began here, at Shiloh Baptist Church, in November 1961. A coalition of Black improvement associations and student activists from S and CC and Albany State College, the protest group set an unprecedented goal: the desegregation of an entire community, from bus stations to lunch counters. Demonstrations over two years resulted in the detention of 1,500 protesters. The participation and repeated arrest of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior brought national attention to the Albany movement. Music sustained the campaign in southwest Georgia and gave birth to the S in CC freedom singers. Legal action in the increase in black voter registration led to school desegregation, the end of public employee discrimination, and the election of black political officials in the region. Lessons learned in Albany influenced events in Birmingham in 1963.

2014.5 Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Department of
Economic Development, and the Albany Civil Rights Institution


For more information:
New Georgia Encyclopedia - The Albany Movement
Wikipedia - The Albany Movement
Wikipedia - Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

Wikipedia - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nobel Prize - Martin Luther King, Jr. - Biographical
NAACP - National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
SCLC - Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Wikipedia - NAACP
Wikipedia - SCLC
Wikipedia - Civil Rights Act of 1964
Wikipedia - Racism
Wikipedia - Racial segregation in the United States