In 1963 in Americus, Ga., 15 girls between the ages of 12 and 14 were jailed in a one room stockade with no running water for 45 days for their roles in Civil Rights Movement protests. After they were released, the women didn’t speak of their ordeal for over 50 years.
Hidden Herstory: The Leesburg Stockade Girls | National Museum of African American History and Culture – You may ask, “Who were the Leesburg Stockade Girls?” In July of 1963 in Americus, Georgia, fifteen girls were jailed for challenging segregation laws. Ages 12 to 15, these girls had marched from Friendship Baptist Church to the Martin Theater on Forsyth Street. Instead of forming a line to enter from the back alley as was customary, the marchers attempted to purchase tickets at the front entrance. Law enforcement soon arrived and viciously attacked and arrested the girls. Never formally charged, they were jailed in squalid conditions for forty-five days in the Leesburg Stockade, a Civil War era structure situated in the back woods of Leesburg, Georgia. Only twenty miles away, parents had no knowledge of where authorities were holding their children. Nor were parents aware of their inhumane treatment.