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Wallace Rally in Fort Worth (1968)
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    Protesters near a campaign rally for third-party presidential candidate George Wallace
    Protesters heckle Wallace supporters by performing a mock-Nazi salute. Wallace rose to national prominence through his opposition to racial integration as governor of Alabama. In 1963, he blocked the entrance to Foster Auditorium at the University of Alabama in a symbolic attempt to prevent two African-American students from enrolling. The incident, later known as the "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door," prompted President John F. Kennedy to federalize the Alabama National Guard to command Wallace to step aside.
    Surrounded by security officers, Wallace arrives at the rally in Burnett Park
    Wallace rejects accusations of racism, citing African-American support of his first wife's campaign for governor. Elected in 1966, Lurleen Wallace was Alabama's first female governor. She ran as a surrogate candidate for her husband, who was legally prevented from seeking reelection. Lurleen Wallace died in office in 1968.