Lawmakers Visit Scene Of '63 Ala. Race Stand

Mar 1, 2013

Outside Foster Auditorium during the 13th Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage at the University of Alabama.
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Members of Congress dabbed away tears while visiting the spot where former Gov. George Wallace made his "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" against racial integration at the University of Alabama 50 years ago. Representatives and senators making a civil rights pilgrimage attended a campus commemoration on Friday.

They included Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, an Alabama native. He and others wiped away tears as Wallace's daughter, Peggy Wallace Kennedy, talked about her father never discussing the event with her before his death.

The program is part of the 13th annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Lawmakers visited the campus because this summer marks the 50th anniversary of Wallace's stand.

Lawmakers will be in Selma on Sunday with Vice President Joe Biden to recall the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

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