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Freedom Alley

According to Police Chief Laurie Pritchett, “Freedom Alley” earned its nickname on December 12, 1961, when 265 demonstrators were arrested during the beginning stages of the Albany Movement and packed into the alley adjacent to City Hall for booking at the nearby police headquarters. The demonstrators stood quietly as they waited through a heavy rainstorm, despite the fact that the booking process took almost three hours. Freedom Alley can be seen at the beginning of this series of WSB-TV news footage from the Albany Movement.

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