Rename George Wallace Tunnel in Mobile, Alabama

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The tunnel that travels under the Mobile River connecting the counties of Mobile and Baldwin in the southernmost point of Alabama was opened to traffic on February 9, 1973 & was named after George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama at that time. He is best known for the declaration: "I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say, segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."

Wallace came to national prominence in 1963 when he kept a campaign pledge to stand "in the schoolhouse door" to block integration of Alabama public schools. On June 11, 1963, he personally barred the path of two black students attempting to register at the University of Alabama. The governor was flanked by armed Alabama State Troopers. He defied federal Justice Department orders to admit the students, James A. Hood and Vivian J. Malone.

On March 7, 1965, state troopers with dogs, whips and tear gas tangled African-Americans during a voter registration campaign who were marching from Selma to Montgomery. The violence was witnessed by the entire nation on television. The sad fact is that from first to last, despite the sound and the fury of Wallace's campaigning, little changed for the good in Alabama with his help.

Throughout all his years in office, Alabama rated near the bottom of the states in per capita income, welfare, and spending on schools and pupils.