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Group To Receive $125,000 To Help Beautify Detroit's Viola Liuzzo Park

DETROIT (AP) - A nonprofit will receive $125,000 to help beautify a Detroit park named for a mother slain while shuttling demonstrators after the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

Democratic state Rep. Leslie Love is expected to present a check to the Greening of Detroit Saturday at Viola Liuzzo Park.

The organization is working with the Viola Liuzzo Park Association to spruce up the park which the city created in the 1970s in Liuzzo's honor.

Liuzzo was a 39-year-old nursing student at Wayne State University when she drove to Alabama to help in the civil rights movement. She was struck in the head by shots fired from a passing car. Her black passenger, 19-year-old Leroy Moton, was wounded.

Three Ku Klux Klan members were convicted of federal charges in Liuzzo's death.

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April 1, 1965: Two Alabama state troopers standing over the road from the wreck of the car belonging to the murdered Detroit housewife, Viola Liuzzo, who was killed by a group of Ku Klux Klansmen after having taken part in a civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. (Photo by William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images)

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