July 27, 1962 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 26 other Negroes, and 1 white person were arrested and jailed today during 2 prayer protests in front of City Hall in Albany, Ga. Today’s jailing was the third for Dr. King since last December. Those arrested included most of the principal leaders of the anti-segregation campaign that has brought a lengthy racial crisis to this commercial and military center in southwestern Georgia. Seven demonstrators who refused to get off their knees were picked up by policemen and dropped into stretchers and carried into jail. Mayor Asa D. Kelley said he had informed the U.S. Justice Department by telephone of Dr. King’s arrest. The Mayor said he thought Dr. King was safer in prison than on the streets.
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