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Rep. Sewell’s bill to rename Post Office for Albert Turner Sr. passes House

Albert Turner, Sr., born in Perry County, Alabama in 1936, devoted his life to the Civil Rights Movement.

Rep. Terri Sewell speaking on the House floor in favor of a resolution to rename the Marion Post Office in honor of Albert Turner Sr.
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Monday, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, AL-07, celebrated as her bill to rename the Marion Post Office after the late Civil Rights Leader Albert Turner, Sr. passed the House of Representatives. Rep. Sewell introduced HR7893 in April with the support of every member of Alabama’s House delegation. It passed the House unanimously and will now make its way to the Senate.

“Today, we are one step closer to officially renaming the Marion Post Office after the late Civil Rights Legend Albert Turner, Sr.,” said Rep. Sewell. “Albert Turner played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement, and it was his leadership that helped secure many of the freedoms that we as African Americans enjoy today. It is my hope that by renaming the Marion Post Office after him, we can ensure that his legacy lives on for generations to come. I thank my colleagues for their support and look forward to getting this bill to the desk of President Biden!”

“This is a historic day for my family and the fight to keep factual history alive in a period in which our history is being stripped for future generations,” said Perry County Commissioner Albert Turner, Jr. “The work Congresswoman Terri Sewell is doing with historic preservation is monumental. This is a huge thank you for his life’s work in the field of civil rights and social justice.”

Albert Turner, Sr. was born in Perry County, Alabama in 1936. He devoted his life to the Civil Rights Movement, fighting to ensure equal access to the ballot box for African Americans. Turner worked closely with prominent leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., served as the Alabama Field Secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and even founded the Perry County Civic League to organize protests and boycotts for the racial integration of public facilities and schools. Turner passed away on April 13, 2000, at the age of 64.

Once enacted, this legislation will officially rename the Marion Post Office, located at 306 Pickens Street, as the “Albert Turner, Sr. Post Office Building.”

Bill text is available here.

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