The Murder of Viola Liuzzo

Moments In Civil Rights History

On March 25, 1965, Viola Liuzzo, a middle-class white housewife from Detroit, Michigan, was shot and killed in Lowndesboro, Alabama. Hours after the successful Selma-to-Montgomery march ended, she and Leroy Moton, a 19-year-old local black activist, were driving back to Montgomery to pick up demonstrators. Four Klansmen chased down Mrs. Liuzzos car and opened fire, killing Mrs. Liuzzo.

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