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Stretcher arrests

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Creator:Freedom on Film (Project)
Title:Stretcher arrests
Date:2006, 1962

This featured WSB clip shows several participants of the Albany Movement being taken to the Albany jail on stretchers after protesting in front of City Hall on Friday, July 27, 1962. On that day, a group of ten black demonstrators, led by Dr. King, arrived at Albany's City Hall and lined up in front of police headquarters. Also leading the group were Dr. William G. Anderson and Slater King, president and vice-president of the Albany Movement. The group told Police Chief Laurie Pritchett that their purpose was to go before the City Commission and discuss integration demands. Chief Pritchett told them that they could go before the City Commission during a regular session and that a sidewalk was no place to discuss such demands. Dr. King then asked Ralph Abernathy to lead the group in a prayer. After Abernathy was finished, Pritchett informed the group that if they did not leave, they would be arrested. The group refused to move, even after Pritchett repeated his warning for a second time. After a few more warnings, the chief finally had the demonstrators marched into the jail.

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Subjects:King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968 | Anderson, William G., 1927- | King, Slater, 1927-1969 | Abernathy, Ralph, 1926-1990 | Harris, Rutha Mae | Jones, Charles, 1937- | Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948 | African American civil rights workers--Georgia--Albany | African American students--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights demonstrations--Georgia--Albany | Direct action--Georgia--Albany | Passive resistance--Georgia--Albany | Police--Georgia--Albany | Segregation--Georgia--Albany | Segregation in transportation--Georgia--Albany | Mass meetings--Georgia--Albany | African Americans--Georgia--Albany | Press conferences--Georgia--Albany | Music--Georgia--Albany | Mayors--Georgia--Albany | African Americans--Songs and music | Lawyers--Georgia--Albany | African American lawyers--Georgia--Albany | African American women--Georgia--Albany | Singing--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights movements--Georgia--Albany | Civil rights workers--Georgia--Albany | Arrest--Georgia--Albany | Albany (Ga.)--Race relations--History--20th century | Albany (Ga.)--Politics and government--History--20th century | Albany Movement (Albany, Ga.) | Albany City Hall (Albany, Ga.) | United States, Georgia, Dougherty County, Albany, 31.5785074, -84.155741
Institution:Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (University of Georgia)
Contributors:Freedom on Film (Project)
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Athens, Ga. : Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

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