This small town in the west of Alabama still has a population of less than 3,000. In the past, Greensboro’s economy was based on labor-intensive cotton growing. Today, the town presents itself as the ‘catfish capital of Alabama’.
Greensboro never appears in travel guides, but it was the scene of one of the most terrifying moments of Martin Luther King’s life. Hunted by members of the Ku Klux Klan, he found safe refuge in the town on the night of 21 March 1968, hardly two weeks before he was assassinated.
Theresa Burroughs, who was a friend of King’s and often took part in civil rights demonstrations, took the initiative a few years ago to renovate the house where he had hidden and renamed it the Safe House Black History Museum. Thanks to her efforts, this less well-known but important location in King’s life is now accessible to the public and offers information on the fight for civil rights in this rural area.
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