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Alabama: Theresa Burroughs describes her struggle to register in 1947

Theresa Burroughs spoke to the StoryCorps of NPR: In 1947, Theresa Burroughs was 18 years old and ready to vote. But in her Alabama town, it took two years of effort just for her to register.

Accompanied by J.J. Simmons, a minister who would not let her back down, Burroughs went down to the Hale County Courthouse on the first and third Monday of each month.

"The white men," Burroughs says, "they would not let us register to vote."

The chairman of the board of registrars, remembered by Burroughs only as "Mr. Cox," posed questions meant to disqualify black voters, such as "How many black jelly beans in a jar? How many red ones in there?" -- NPR : 'Until the Building Falls Down': A Fight to Vote

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