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Civil rights movement depicted in old clippings

Albany-- Some black and white memories from the 1960's on display at the Thronateeska Heritage Center.

Newspaper articles from the civil rights era filled the rooms. Many of them focus on Denver native John Perdew. He went to jail for trying to integrate Albany's Tift Park and later became part of the "Americus Four", a group that spent three months locked up. They were charged with the capital crime of inciting an insurrection.

"I was attending a mass meeting in Americus and when we left the mass meeting, we discovered that every city and county cop and some state patrolmen were lined up ready to wade into us," says Perdew.

Next month, Perdew will present a play at the Ritz Cultural Center based on his experiences during the civil rights movement.

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