Historic Markers Across Alabama



West 15th Street Historic District



Marker ID: ACRT 8
Location: 416 West 15th Street, Anniston, AL
County: Calhoun
Coordinates: N 33° 39.827    W 085° 50.116
  33.66378333    -85.83526666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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West 15th Street Historic District

—Anniston Civil Rights Trail —



This district was once the economic and social hub of Anniston's African American community. In its heyday (1940-1950), the District was a "city within a city," with businesses that catered to the black community. Grocery stores, restaurants, doctors' offices, barber and beauty shops, a hotel, and other businesses thrived. The Gem Theater showed movies and hosted celebrity entertainers such as Cab Calloway and Lewis Jordan. At the Blair Hotel, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. held strategy sessions with Rev. Nimrod Q. Reynolds and Dr. Gordon Rodgers. The District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Erected 2016 by City of Anniston Historic Trails Program.



Notes:

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 West 15th Street Historic District