Historic Markers Across Alabama

Michael Donald

Marker ID: AAHT 27
Location: 114 Michael Donald Ave, Mobile, AL
County: Mobile
Coordinates: N 30° 41.423    W 088° 3.79
  30.69038333    -88.06316666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Michael Donald

On March 21, 1981, 19-year-old Michael Donald was abducted, beaten, killed and hung from a tree on this street by members of the Ku Klux Klan. He was randomly selected in retaliation for an interracial jury failing to convict a black man for killing a white Birmingham policeman. The lynching was intended to intimidate and threaten blacks. Two Klansmen were arrested and convicted. Morris Dees, cofounder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Alabama state Senator Michael Figures filed suit on behalf of Michael Donald's mother, Beulah Mae Donald. A jury awarded her $7 million, bankrupting the United Klans of America. In 2006, Mobile renamed Herndon Avenue as Michael Donald Avenue.

The African-American Heritage Trail of Mobile.

Photographs of the marker can be found on HMDB.org

End of Michael Donald