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Segregationist George Wallace shaking hands with Lyndon Johnson, 1965. Wallace began his career in the Alabama state legislature in 1947 as a Democrat. He was the governor of Alabama as a Democrat off and on from 1963 through 1987. He ran for US President as a Democrat in '64, '72, and '76. Except for running one time on a third party ticket in '68 for president, George Wallace was a lifelong Democrat.


George Wallace and President Jimmy Carter.

President Richard Nixon shaking hands with George Wallace outside the presidential airplane after arriving in Alabama.

For Coloreds Only | 1938 Image shows several African American youths hanging out around the stairs leading up to the back entrance of a segregated movie theater showing the Tarzan film, Call of the Savage. Anniston, Alabama, 1937. Peter Sekaer, Photographer.

portrait of George Wallace, a former Governor of Alabama by richard avedon

Republican President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt and Booker T. Washington at the Tuskegee Institute, Alabama. 1905

Russell M. Cunningham - Acting Governor of Alabama from April 25, 1904 to March 5, 1905. He was lieutenant governor when Governor William D. Jelks fell ill and left the state for treatment, and since the Alabama Constitution requires that if the governor leave the state for more than 20 days, the lieutenant governor must act as governor until their return.

Red Tails...Tuskegee Airmen. Black fighter pilot unit trained in Tuskegee Alabama, destined to leave their mark in U S history because of their bravery during World War II. Learn more about the accomplishments of these American patriots.

Viola Gregg Liuzzo (1925-1965) was the first white female civil rights activist killed during the American civil rights movement. She was horrified by the images of the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights march in Alabama in March 1965. Therefore, she traveled to Selma, saying the struggle "was everybody's fight". While shuttling marchers in her car, she was shot and murdered by a Ku Klux Klan member. One of four Klansmen in the car was Gary Thomas Rowe, Jr. who turned out to being a FBI informant.

Waiting to vote in Alabama in 1965, after the Voting Rights Act was passed.

Inauguration of Jefferson Davis as President of the Confederate States of America, Montgomery, Alabama, 1861