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- Alabama Media Group Collection
- Demonstrators on a march from Decatur to Cullman, Alabama, to protest the upcoming trial of Tommy Lee Hines.
- Triolo, Tony
- Montgomery, Ala. : Alabama. Department of Archives and History
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- African Americans--Civil rights
Civil rights demonstrations
Morgan County (Ala.)
- United States, Alabama, 32.75041, -86.75026
- negatives (photographs)
- One man is wearing a shirt that says, "Free Tommy Hines / God's Child," and a woman is holding a sign that reads, "March for Freedom and Tommie Hines / 30 Mile Hike to Cullman Alabama." The demonstration, which had been organized by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, began on September 30, the day this photograph was taken. When they arrived in Cullman on October 2, participants were arrested for not having a permit to march. Tommy Lee Hines, a 26-year old man who was said to have the mind of a 6-year-old child, had been charged with raping three white women in Decatur. Because his lawyer argued that he could not get a fair trial in Morgan County, it was moved to Cullman, where an all-white jury convicted him of one rape and sentenced him to thirty years in prison. Two years later, a different jury found him mentally incompetent to stand trial, and he was transferred to Partlow State School and Hospital in Tuscaloosa, where he stayed for more than a decade.
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- Copyright, Alabama Department of Archives and History. Donated by the Alabama Media Group, http://www.alabamamediagroup.com
- Original Collection:
- Huntsville Times
Alabama Media Group
Alabama Media Group Collection
- Contributing Institution:
- Alabama. Department of Archives and History