Martin Luther King and his protest marchers broke up their overnight camp seven miles east of Selma, Alabama, Monday morning (22 March) and resumed their walk toward Montgomery, the state capital.
Marchers cleaning grounds
Marchers walking around campsite
Marchers walking down road; troops watch
Marchers; Man with crutches hobbling along
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Background: Martin Luther King and his protest marchers broke up their overnight camp seven miles east of Selma, Alabama, Monday morning (22 March) and resumed their walk toward Montgomery, the state capital.
About 300 of the 3200 marchers who set out from Selma Sunday spent the night at the camp. The others returned to Selma, but many of them will rejoin the march later. The number of marchers has been restricted by a federal court because of the narrowness of the highway along much of the route to Montgomery.
The first overnight camp was in a field belonging to a Negro farmer. The marchers got up early Monday, has a morning prayer session, ate breakfast, cleaned up the campsite, packed up their bedrolls, and started out again. U.S. Army military policemen and Alabama National Guardsmen ordered into federal service by President Johnson were strung along the highway to provide protection.
Monday's schedule called for the marchers to cover 17 1/2 miles over a narrow, stoop-shouldered road through Big Creek Swamp. The march covered only a little more than seven miles Sunday, because of a late start, and some of the lost time was to be made up Monday. The aim is to reach Montgomery, now 67 miles away or later than 4 PM Thursday.