1959 Norfolk Virginia Voting Rights Poll Tax Handbill
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1959 Norfolk Virginia Voting Rights Poll Tax Handbill. Norfolk attorney Joe Jordan organized "Virginias 3rd Force" to mobilize Black voters "Pay your poll tax now Lets show Gov. Almond and Mayor Duckworth that they cannot frighten us...." Norfolk Mayor W. F. Duckworth and Governor James Lindsay Almond were staunch segregationists that attempted to supress Black voters with a poll tax and intimidation. As Attorney General, Almond argued the state's case for segregation of public schools before the Supreme Court in the case of Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County which was consolidated with Brown v. Board of Education. A May 1959 Photograph of Joe Jordan instucting a group of citizens on how to register included. In the September 1956 issue of Ebony threre is a feature article about Joe Jordan and his voter registration efforts. Frame measures 25"X13"
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