Historic Markers Across Alabama

You Gotta Move

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: in the NPS Lowndes Interpretive Center, 7002 US-80, Hayneville, AL
County: Lowndes
Coordinates: N 32° 16.233    W 086° 43.632
  32.27055    -86.7272
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


You Gotta Move
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

In December 1965, a city of tents appeared on this site. The temporary shelters were homes for evicted black sharecropper families. These farmers worked and lived their lives on white-owned farms in Lowndes County. But when they dared to register to vote, following passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, white landowners ran them from their homes and livelihood.

The Davis family was evicted after 25 years, the Glover family after 35 years, and the Lusane family after 60 years. Some 40 families were turned out. Some moved in with friends or relatives. Others left the county. And still others left the state. Those who had no place else to go came here to Tent City. Walk the path and learn more about these people and their struggle.

A Community Comes Together
After the wave of evictions hit, the Lowndes County Christian Movement for Human Rights (LCCMHR) and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) scrambled to keep families together. LCCMHR purchased six-plus acres here and with the help of SNCC and local volunteers erected canvas tents, set up army cots, and installed stove heaters in the tents in time for the arrival of the first Tent City residents.

I registered in August and got asked to leave our house in October after we had been there seven years.Tent City resident Mrs. Annie Belle "Sugar Mama" Scott (now Mrs. Brown), quoted in The New York Times, January 1, 1966

2015 National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Photographs of the marker can be found on HMDB.org

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