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Former longtime Alabama Rep. Alvin Holmes dies

State Rep. Alvin Holmes, the longest-serving member of the Alabama House, lost his bid for...
State Rep. Alvin Holmes, the longest-serving member of the Alabama House, lost his bid for another term in state runoff elections July 17, 2018. (AL.com File photo)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 7:15 PM CST
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By WSFA Staff | November 21, 2020 at 6:31 PM CST - Updated November 21 at 6:31 PM

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Former longtime Alabama Rep. Alvin Holmes has died, the Alabama Democratic Party confirmed. He was 81.

“Representative Alvin Holmes was a great Democrat and a fighter. He stood on the frontlines of the fight for civil rights and was willing to sacrifice everything in his fight for justice for all. He not only had a long and distinguished career as a civil rights leader, but also as a member of the legislature, serving his constituents faithfully and dutifully for 44 years. Alabama has lost a giant, whose wit, intelligence, fearlessness, selfless determination, and leadership will be sorely missed. My prayers are with his friends, family, and colleagues,” said Alabama Chair of the Democratic Party and Rep. Chris England in a statement.

Alvin Holmes was a Montgomery native. He served in the legislature for 44 years. He is the longest serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives. In 2018, he lost in the democratic primary runoff to Rep. Kirk Hatcher.

One notable moment in his career came when he led the effort to take the Confederate flag down from the Alabama’s Capitol dome. That fight was won in early 1993.

Holmes was also known for working to eliminate racist language from the state constitution. He also spearheaded the annual parade on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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