Downtown Albany receives historical marker

Downtown Albany receives historical marker
The Freedom Alley and City Hall Historical Marker (Source: WALB)
The Freedom Singers performing at the historical marker ceremony. (Source: WALB)
The Freedom Singers performing at the historical marker ceremony. (Source: WALB)
Gloria Gaines, Commissioner (Source: WALB)
Gloria Gaines, Commissioner (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Downtown Albany dedicated a historical marker Wednesday memorializing a part of Albany's own story in the Civil Rights Movement

Wednesday afternoon the Freedom Alley and City Hall Historical Marker was unveiled in downtown.

It marks the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and other protestors were held while under arrest.

Reverend Henry Mathis said this marker is vital in recognizing some of the events that moved Albany forward.

Leaders like Gloria Gaines are hoping that this marker will show the progress Albany and Dougherty County has made in 57 years.

"From 1961-63, during the period of the Albany Movement to now and I call that progress. While we have a lot more progress to be made I believe we can continue along those lines," said Gaines.

The historical marker is located between the government center and 240 pine avenue where the jail and alley once stood.

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