LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -
Fifteen women who were thrown in a stockade in Leesburg as girls during the Civil Rights movement are being honored.
It's a truly inspirational story. They were thrown in the stockade for nearly two months. Today, they say it's all worth it.
"Inhumane" is a word the women used to describe the Lee County stockade they were thrown into in 1963. "To be honest, we thought it would end in death," said Carol Barner-Seay.
No running water, no beds, and very little food. "To put children inside something as horrendous as this was just inhumane," said Barner-Seay.
Barner-Seay and Lulu Griffin are two of the 15 who were jailed as young teenagers, fighting for change in a segregated world.
"We wanted better education; we wanted better housing. We wanted jobs just like the white man," said Lulu Griffin.
So they marched and helped spearhead the civil rights movement in Southwest Georgia. "I had made my mind up that I was going to try to make a difference so that the young people coming after me would have freedom," said Griffin.
Freedom that may now be taken for granted. "They think what they're doing has always been. But they don't realize somebody had to pay the price. Somebody went to jail; somebody died," said Barner-Seay.
And that's why they want their story told. This Saturday, more than 50 years after being jailed for months, the Americus Sumter Boys and Girls Club and Georgia Southwestern are teaming up to honor these brave women.
"For me, it just shows the way that we have paved the way to make a change and it's a beautiful thing," said Griffin.
"When you look back over the 52 years, it was worth everything that we went through. It was worth it," said Barner-Seay.
Attendance to that event is free, and it will start at 1:00 in GSW's arena.