Willie Lee Wood, Sr., standing inside the Autauga County Voters Association office in Prattville, Alabama.
@ Alabama Dept. of Archives and History, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130
DescriptionWood, who was the first African American to run for office in Prattville, ran unsuccessful campaigns for coroner (in 1966) and city council (three times). In 1988 his son, Willie Lee Wood, Jr., became the first African American to hold public office in the city when he was elected to the city council; he served for 28 years, longer than any other elected official in Prattville history. The building in this image was also the office for the Autauga County Improvement Association and the Autauga Chapter of the NAACP. The same day this photograph was taken, Wood attended a gathering in a small wooden church building in Prattville, where he demonstrated a voting machine for the audience there. A photograph taken during the meeting appeared on page 1 of The Southern Courier for April 30-May 1, 1966. The issue is available online (not on the ADAH website): http://www.southerncourier.org/low-res/Vol2_No18_1966_04_30.pdf
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