A new historical marker was unveiled to the public Friday in memory Civil Rights icon Rev. Richard Boone.
The marker is located at the corner of Hill Street and Fairview Avenue, which is along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. The trail traces the route taken by hundreds of voting rights activists who walked the 54 miles from Selma to Alabama's capitol in March of 1965.
Reverend Richard Boone was the Field Secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). On March 24, 1965 he 800 students from the campus of Alabama State University to a field where the marker in his honor was placed.
The field was once the site of Young Forte Village and the Cedar Park Housing Project. It was there where Boone and students joined some 25,000 Selma- to-Montgomery marchers on the fourth day of their five day journey.
The next day the group arrived in front of Alabama's capitol to demand their right to vote.
Rev. Boone passed away in 2013 at the age of 76.