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Virginia Foster Durr

1903 - 1999

Virginia Foster Durr was an activist in Montgomery throughout the civil rights movement. Durr became politically active while living in Washington, DC during the New Deal era. While there, she joined organizations working to abolish the poll tax and segregation in the South. After moving to Montgomery, Durr continued working towards these same goals. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Durr frequently hosted students and civil rights volunteers in her home while they worked to register voters and engage in social justice causes. During the latter years of her life, Durr focused her activism on issues of poverty, which she believed to be the nation’s greatest challenge.

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