Sam Boynton

Politics & Government
8:18 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Funding to Save Historic Alabama Home Falls Short

State Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, stands outside a house that served as headquarters for the voting rights movement that changed American history in 1965. Sanders is trying to save the crumbling house.
Alvin Benn/The Montgomery Advertiser

One of the most important structures linked to America's voting rights movement appears on the verge of collapse, and local leaders are calling it an embarrassment to Selma and Alabama.

   It's the former home of the late Sam Boynton and his wife, Amelia, a black couple who began voter registration efforts in Selma long before "Bloody Sunday" in 1965.

   What makes their house on Lapsley Street so important is a letter written there and sent to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. inviting him to come to Selma to lead a voting rights movement.

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