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By Alabama News Network
By Jamie Langley

 

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - One of the most important structures linked to America's voting rights movement appears on the verge of collapse, and local leaders are calling it an embarrassment to Selma and Alabama.

 

It's the former home of the late Sam Boynton and his wife, Amelia, a black couple who began voter registration efforts in Selma long before "Bloody Sunday" in 1965.

 

What makes their house on Lapsley Street so important is a letter written there and sent to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. inviting him to come to Selma to lead a voting rights movement.

 

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letter to King was signed inside the house where strategy sessions were held during the voting rights movement that swept the nation. The Boyntons also welcomed numerous civil rights leaders.

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