Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Human Relations Council

Marker ID: ACRT 5
Location: 1128 Gurnee Avenue, Anniston, AL
County: Calhoun
Coordinates: N 33° 39.559    W 085° 49.889
  33.65931666    -85.83148333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


The Human Relations Council

—Anniston Civil Rights Trail —

The Anniston City Commission, on May 16, 1963, established by resolution the Human Relations Council, consisting of five white men and four black men. The Council's purpose was to "make recommendations concerning human relations," and its members were to be "without outside influence." United States President John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) praised the council's formation as on that should "serve as a model" for other American cities.

Council Members:
Rev. J. Phillips Noble, Chair
Raleigh Byrd, Harold Edward Cosper, Wilfred Galbraith,
Marcus A. Howze, Rev. William B. McClain, Grant Oden,
Rev. Nimrod Q. Reynolds, Leonard Roberts

Erected 2016 by City of Anniston Historic Trails Program.


Pictures of this marker maybe found on HMDB.org.

More information:
Anniston Civil Rights Trail Map (PDF)
Wikipedia - Mob violence in Anniston and Birmingham
Wikipedia - Freedom Riders
Wikipedia - Jim Crow laws

End of The Human Relations Council