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2 Leesburg Stockade Girls explain why sharing their story is crucial

Two well-known members of the South Georgia civil rights movement had a chance to share their story with students from around the world today in Leesburg. (Source: WALB) Two well-known members of the South Georgia civil rights movement had a chance to share their story with students from around the world today in Leesburg. (Source: WALB)
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Two well-known members of the South Georgia civil rights movement had a chance to share their story with students from around the world today in Leesburg.

In 1963, while teenagers, Dr. Shirley Reese and Dr. Carol Seay were taken to the Leesburg jail stockade, and held for 45 days.

They were arrested during a civil rights march in Americus.

Wednesday, they shared their experiences with students from across the United States and England, learning about human rights.

We spoke with Dr. Reese about why it's important to share her experiences.

"We want them to realize that things like this did happen during our days and we want them to realize that they are in the best of the situation now simply because the Leesburg Stockade Girls helped make a fraction of a difference during that time," said Reese.

"Whether it's just crossing the street you need someone to pave the way. We, like Dr.Reese says, are just a fraction of the people who paved the way," said Seay.

While in the stockade, there was no running water, no beds and very little food. 

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