Alabama Bronze Map

A Guide to the Images of the Bronze Map on the Lawn of the Alabama Department of Archives and History

image from Bronze Map: 'Abernathy, King, Shuttlesworth: Civil Rights Leaders'


61. Abernathy, King, Shuttlesworth: Civil Rights Leaders

Birmingham, Jefferson County


In the spring of 1963, national civil rights leaders Ralph David Abernathy and Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived in Birmingham to assist Fred Shuttlesworth and other local civil rights leaders protesting discrimination in Birmingham. The city became known around the world after protestors were met with police dogs and fire hoses and King wrote his famous "Letter from Birmingham Jail."