On February 26, 1965, Alabama civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson died after he was brutally beaten and shot by Alabama State Trooper James Bonard Fowler during a peaceful voting rights march on February 18, 1965. His death would spark the Selma to Montgomery marches, organized by Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Director of Direct Action James Bevel, in an effort to channel community outrage.
Werner Coppel was born in Mörs, Germany, on February 22, 1925. Werner was from a middle-class German Jewish family. At the age of 15, Werner became highly involved in a Zionist youth group called Hachshara, one of many such groups that were set up throughout Europe.
Bella Ouziel was born in Salonika, Greece, on July 14, 1925. Until she was 17 years old, she lived a comfortable life with her three siblings, stepmother and father.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
4:30-6:30 p.m. at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Exhibit opening: January 30