About five hundred persons sought to march on the Dallas County Courthouse in Selma, Alabama Monday morning (15 March) to hold a memorial service for the Reverend James Reeb.
About five hundred persons sought to march on the Dallas County Courthouse in Selma, Alabama Monday morning (15 March) to hold a memorial service for the Reverend James Reeb. They were stopped by Dallas County Sheriff James Clark.
The marchers were led by white ministers, priests and nuns. Negro students and white and Negro civil rights workers followed. The march started from two churches in a Negro area.
Sheriff Clark and his deputies blocked the street before the marchers had gone a block. "You will not march past this point," he said. Within fifteen minutes. Selma's public safety director (police chief) Wilson Baker and a force of city policemen arrived and took over from the county force. The Negroes asked Raker for permission to continue the march, walking in ranks of three instead of five. After a conference with city officials, this was denied.
"We don't intend to arrest anyone" said Baker, "Don't get your hopes up." The marchers dispersed. About fifty of them resumed the street vigil that has continued round-the-clock since Wednesday. A massive memorial service for the slain minister, the Reverend Reeb, was planned for the afternoon in Selma's municipal stadium.