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March 1, 2013

Lawmakers' visit marks segregated past at Alabama



TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Members of Congress are visiting the University of Alabama to see the place where former Gov. George C. Wallace made his "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" against racial integration 50 years ago.

The leaders will be in Tuscaloosa on Friday for commemoration program.

The event will held at the auditorium where Wallace tried to block the enrollment of black students at Alabama in 1963.

Among those greeting the delegation will be a daughter of Wallace, Peggy Wallace Kennedy.

The program is part of the 13th annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage. Tuscaloosa was added as a stop because this summer marks the 50th anniversary of Wallace's stand.

Congressional members will be in Selma on Sunday along with Vice President Joe Biden for a commemoration of the Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

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