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Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta
Fulton County Jail
Butler St. and Decatur St.
King was held here after his arrest at Rich's. The jail was nicknamed the "Big Rock Jail."
Legend has it that the tower near the street was designed for hangings, according to Tracy Flanagan of the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.
On Oct. 25, King was taken from Fulton County Jail to DeKalb County Jail for his probation violation. A judge sentenced King to four months at Georgia State prison in Reidsville, with no bond, according to Chartier's research.
The next night, King was reportedly woken up in middle of the night and transferred to the state prison.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, who was in the final weeks of his presidential campaign, was made aware of King’s situation. The candidate called a pregnant Coretta Scott King, offering to help. Robert Kennedy also made a phone call to the judge who had sentenced King calling for his release.
On Oct. 27, the judge allowed King to be released on bond. The civil rights activist publicly thanked Kennedy for helping with his release. The Kennedy campaign used King’s thank you in a widely distributed pamphlet to help gain the African-American vote for JFK in the presidential election.
Fulton County Sheriff's Department
Uploaded: Jan 22, 2013
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