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By Kimberly Page - bio | email

October 9, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Civil Rights Museum held a gala Thursday night, to honor some very important people in the community.

There was good food and music and a crowd of about 100 people.  They honored the late County Commissioner Art Searles and his father, the late A.C. Searles, Sr. for their contributions to the community.

The also honored the 49 Albany State University students who were expelled from school because they marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.

"There were forty-nine students who marched across East Albany to participate in the Martin Luther King rally's and mobilization marches, and they were expelled from school.  They were forced out and had to leave," said Danielle Blackwell, Civil Rights Museum Director.

The museum will have a plaque with the names of all of the students.

It will be open to the public in about two weeks.

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