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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.

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One of the first black students at the University of Alabama, James Hood of Gadsden, has died. He was 70.

Officials at Adams-Buggs Funeral Home in Gadsden said they are handling arrangements for Hood, who died Thursday. Details concerning Hood's funeral are not complete.

Hood's admission to the University of Alabama in 1963 was made famous by then Alabama Gov. George Wallace's "stand in the schoolhouse door" to keep Hood and Vivian Malone from registering for classes at the University of Alabama.