Wednesday morning, the Perry County Courthouse will be covered by civic leaders and area residents who plan to pay homage to civil rights hero Jimmie Lee Jackson.

In an email, the Alabama Department of Tourism states that Jackson's death helped lead to the historic Selma to Montgomery march, which led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. According to, Jackson was fatally shot by an Alabama state trooper while demonstrating in a peaceful protest. This led Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to organize the Selma to Montgomery March.

Because of this (aside from its obvious outcome), District Attorney Michael Jackson, Perry Coumty Commission Chairman Ron Miller, and Marion Mayor Anthony Hall will join Kennard Randolph of U.S. Representative Terri Sewell's office and the State of Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell for the dedication of a historic marker at the Perry County Courthouse (300 Washington St; Marion, AL 36104). The event, which will begin at 11 a.m., is open to the public.

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