Historic Markers Across Alabama

Marchers, Supporters, Hecklers

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: in the NPS Lowndes Interpretive Center, 7002 US-80, Hayneville, AL
County: Lowndes
Coordinates: N 32° 16.202    W 086° 43.616
  32.27003333    -86.72693333
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


Marchers, Supporters, Hecklers
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

While helicopters buzzed overhead, National Guard soldiers—ordered by President Lyndon Johnson to protect the marchers—lined U.S. Highway 80, alert to the potential of violence by angry whites. Marchers walked mile after tired mile, while black supporters in Lowndes County—a county with no registered black voters at the beginning of 1965—left fields and homes to wave the marchers on. Local whites looked on in silent amazement and disgust, through some, seething with anger, jeered and sneered at marchers (right) as they passed by.

As you walked you saw people coming, waving, bringing you something to drink. You saw the power of the most powerful country on the face of the earth, the United States government. The United States military provided protection for this nonviolent crusade.

2015 National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Photographs of the marker can be found on HMDB.org

End of Marchers, Supporters, Hecklers