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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – When you think of the Civil Rights Movement you probably think of the 1950s and 60s, but it really began nearly 100 years earlier.

At the Albany Civil Rights Institute Thursday night historian Susan Eva O'Donovan talked about her book "Becoming Free in the Cotton South."

It explores the transition from slavery to freedom in southwest Georgia, especially for women.

She says the Civil Rights Movement really began with emancipation and her book provides a back story for Albany's civil rights museum.

"This isn't something that just emerged in the 1950s, but the grandparents of the people who were activists in the 50s were activists in an earlier century," said Susan Eva O'Donovan, Author and Historian.

Thursday's lecture was part of the institute's monthly community night series.

O'Donovan is a professor at the University of Memphis, but she lived in Albany 30 years ago.

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