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Shoes worn during the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 1965Shoes worn during the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 1965

Juanita T. Williams, a civil rights activist, wore these shoes when she and twenty-five thousand other protesters marched the fifty-four miles from Selma to Montgomery to demand equal voting rights for African Americans in March 1965. Since 1975 Williams's shoes and other mementos of the Selma march have been displayed in the National Museum of American History to help tell the story of African Americans' struggle for freedom and citizenship.

See also: African American History, Civil Rights Movement, Political Protest, Shoes

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