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May 3 1963


Birmingham AL

Police dogs and firehoses is, for most of the world, the image of Birmingham made by Bull Connor and the Birmingham Police Department during the Birmingham Campaign of the African American Civil Rights Movement.

While both weapons had been used before to control protesters, the images most often seen by the general public were recorded on May 3, 1963, the second day of the Children's Crusade when thousands of African American schoolchildren volunteered to join the non-violent protests, and likely go to jail, as a demonstration against segregation. On that second day Connor realized that the jails could hold no more people, so the tactics of the police changed from mass arrests to keeping protesters out of the downtown business area.

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