Smithsonian honoring south Ga. Stockade Girls

Smithsonian honoring south Ga. Stockade Girls
The Smithsonian is honoring the south Georgia Stockade girls. (Source: WALB)
They were thrown into the old Leesburg Stockade after a peaceful protest. (Source: WALB)
They were thrown into the old Leesburg Stockade after a peaceful protest. (Source: WALB)
The girls were held for two months. (Source: WALB)
The girls were held for two months. (Source: WALB)

LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - The Smithsonian Institution is honoring some south Georgia women for their role in the civil rights movement.

Dr. Shirley Green-Reese is one of the Stockade Girls.

They were thrown into the old Leesburg Stockade after a peaceful protest against segregation in Americus in 1963.

The girls were held for two months.

Green-Reese was recently notified by the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture that a photograph of the Stockade Girls is being included in a book about African American women.

The museum is also sharing the girls' story in their publications.

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