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This Day in Georgia History

December 16, 1961

MLK, Others Arrested in Albany Movement

On the steps of Albany’s city hall, 263 blacks, led by Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph David Abernathy, and Albany Movement President William G. Anderson, along with one University of Georgia white student were arrested as they knelt to pray for the release from jail of the hundreds of demonstrators. King, Anderson, and Abernathy were taken to the Sumter County jail in Americus. The jail was run by Sheriff Fred Chappell, referred to by King as “the meanest man in the world.”

For more on the Albany Movement, see the Civil Rights Digital Library.