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Shuttlesworth, Fred L.

Glenn T. Eskew

in American National Biography Online


Published online April 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1501412

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Shuttlesworth, Fred L. (18 March 1922–05 October 2011), civil rights activist, was born Freddie Lee Robinson outside Mount Meigs, Alabama, near Montgomery. His father, Vetter Greene, never married his mother, Alberta Robinson, who moved with the baby and her father to Birmingham. She later married William Nathan Shuttlesworth, a former coal miner and bootlegger who farmed corn. As a youth Fred attended the Oxmoor and Wenonah schools. He helped make moonshine until the death of his stepfather in 1940, after which a police raid resulted in his arrest. The eighteen-year-old, who had just graduated from Rosedale High, received two years probation....

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