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Leesburg Stockade story retold

July 18, 2003

Americus--  Forty years ago, 33 Americus girls were beaten and jailed in Leesburg for a month and a half. Their story is being told tomorrow night on the big screen.

LuLu Westbrooks Griffin is one of the girls who was unjustly jailed after participating in a youth-led rally for civil rights in Americus in 1963. Griffin was only 12.

A movie depicting the Leesburg Stockade incident will be shown at the Rylander Theater tomorrow night at seven.

Griffin hopes the film will be an inspiration to children.  "What we need to know is that you are not to young to have ideas and beliefs. You are not to young to change the system which we did, and we did that not with guns or hatred but with love and songs."

The old Leesburg Stockade still stands. During the forty-five days, the girls shared one room with a broken toliet. There was no water, no beds, and they were fed one under-cooked hamburger a day.

The National Guard, summoned by President John F. Kennedy, was called in to release the girls.

posted at 4:50PM by dave.miller@walb.com
 

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