The death of Jimmie Lee Jackson and the path to Bloody Sunday | USA TODAY 1

The death of Jimmie Lee Jackson and the path to Bloody Sunday | USA TODAY

 

Before the Selma to Montgomery march, there was a night march in Marion where Jimmie Lee Jackson was murdered by an Alabama State Trooper in 1965.
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Jimmie Lee Jackson was just an ordinary man. He once chopped wood for a living, earning $6 a day. He was a deacon at a local Baptist church and worked at the county hospital. And like many other Black folks living in the rural Deep South, he was frustrated with segregation and being denied the right to vote.

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