Albany, Georgia

In the early sixties, Albany was a city of 60,000 (40 percent of whom were African American) and the commercial center in Southwest Georgia. W.E.B. DuBois described it as “a great fertile land, luxuriant with forests … hot with the sun and damp with rich black swampland, and here was where the cornerstone of the Cotton Kingdom was laid.” SNCC arrived in Albany in 1961 to find the local Movement already percolating. Various organizations quickly came together to form the Albany Movement and launched a series of demonstrations that shook the city to its core.



Randy Battle (sitting) and Charles Sherrod canvassing in Southwest Georgia, 1962, Danny Lyon, Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement 114,

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The Albany Manifesto, July 15, 1962,