Historical Marker Dedication: “Quiet Conflict” – The Civil Rights Movement in Brunswick


February 23, 2024    
11:00 am


Brunswick City Hall
601 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, Georgia, 31520

The Georgia Historical Society will hold a dedication for a new historical marker: “Quiet Conflict” – The Civil Rights Movement in Brunswick. The dedication will take place on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. at Brunswick City Hall in Brunswick, Georgia. The event is open to the public.

The marker reads:

“Quiet Conflict”
The Civil Rights Movement in Brunswick

At a time when many cities experienced social unrest during the Civil Rights Movement, Brunswick achieved partial desegregation largely without national publicity. In the early 1960s, a television documentary called “Quiet Conflict” covered Reverend Julius Caesar Hope and members of the Brunswick Chapter of the NAACP as they integrated Brunswick’s businesses through nonviolent campaign tactics. Operating from lessons learned during the Albany Movement, Black and White civic, business, and community leaders relied on open communication for negotiation. Recognizing the economic impact of the African-American community (more than 40 percent of Brunswick’s total population) business leaders integrated with few instances of picketing. Brunswick schools also partially integrated through a voluntary plan proposed in 1963.  Brunswick and Glynn County schools did not fully integrate until a court-ordered mandate ended the dual school system in 1970.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, Georgia-Pacific LLC,
and the City of Brunswick Historic Preservation Board