Today in Black History: February 26, 1965 “Jimmie Lee Jackson, Civil Rights Activist, was Shot and Killed by Alabama State Trooper”

On today in 1965, Jimmie Lee Jackson, a civil rights activist, was shot and killed by Alabama State Trooper, James Bonard Fowler. 500 protesters left Zion United Methodist Church and attempted a peaceful walk to the Perry County Jail, which was a half block away. Civil Rights worker James Orange was being held in the jail. The protesters were met at the Post Office by Marion City police officers, sheriff’s deputies, and Alabama State Troopers. Protesters were beaten badly and shot. Jimmie Lee was unarmed and shot in the stomach twice. His killer was charged with first-degree and second-degree murder on May 10, 2007, 42 years after the crime was committed. Fowler pleaded guilty to manslaughter on November 15, 2010, and was only sentenced to six months in jail.

To learn more about this Jimmie Lee Jackson, click here.

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