Birmingham paper releases newly discovered civil rights photos - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Birmingham paper releases newly discovered civil rights photos

Dozens of never before released photos from the 1960's civil rights fight have been made public. The images were published this past weekend in the Birmingham News. They were recently discovered buried in a storage closet at the newspaper's office.

Those who worked for the paper at the time say the paper's editors did not want the photos released, because they didn't want to inflame the situation.

The first photo dates back to December 26th, 1956. It shows the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and others who challenged Birmingham's city bus segregation law.

Another photo shows Dr. Martin Luther King Junior speaking at the New Pilgrim Baptist Church in Birmingham in March of 1960.

Other pictures include one that shows Alabama state troopers breaking up a march that became known in history at "Bloody Sunday".

The Birmingham paper published the photos as part of an eight page special section titled "Unseen. Unforgotten."

You can see the pictures by clicking here.

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