Alabama NewsCenter — Historic A.G. Gaston Motel Restoration Will ‘Shine a Light’ on Civil Rights History

| July 29, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

By Michael Sznajderman

It’s been shuttered for decades, looking more like urban blight than a beacon of Birmingham’s civil rights legacy.

But change is under way at the historic A.G. Gaston Motel, which will soon be a centerpiece of the steadily developing Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.

Within the confines of the motel was the “War Room” used by the Revs. Martin Luther King Jr., Fred Shuttlesworth, Ralph Abernathy and other civil rights activists during the nonviolent civil actions in 1963 that ultimately broke the back of Birmingham’s policy of racially separated public accommodations. Those efforts were met with stiff and violent resistance by police led by Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene “Bull” Connor.

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