Historical Marker Dedication: Freedom Alley and City Hall

Wednesday, Apr 25, 2018
2:00 pm

The Georgia Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker for Freedom Alley and City Hall on Wednesday, April 25.

Historical Marker Dedication: Freedom Alley and City Hall
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Central Square Government Complex
230/240 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA 31701

The marker reads:

Freedom Alley and City Hall

During the Albany Movement (1961-1963), as part of the Civil Rights Movement, the area here bordering the former Albany City Hall and jail became known as Freedom Alley. Located at what is now the Central Square Government Complex, the location served as a holding spot as hundreds of Civil Rights protestors awaited booking during police chief Laurie Pritchett’s campaign of mass arrests. To avoid violent confrontations and charges of violating civil rights, Pritchett authorized arrests for minor offenses, which were harder to dispute in court. Using this tactic, Pritchett’s police force arrested far more inmates than the Albany jail could hold, and many protestors were sent to jails in neighboring counties. As many as 1,500 protestors were arrested. Many demonstrators, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., were arrested and jailed multiple times during the Albany Movement.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, Albany Civil Rights Institute, Inc., and
Albany-Dougherty Historic Preservation Commission.