When Theresa Burroughs came of voting age in Alabama, she was ready to cast her ballot—but she had a long fight ahead of her. During the Jim Crow era, the board of registrars at Alabama’s Hale County Courthouse prevented African Americans from registering to vote. Undeterred, Theresa ventured to the courthouse on the first and third Monday of each month, in pursuit of her right to vote.

Theresa Burroughs (left) came to StoryCorps to tell her daughter Toni Love (right) about registering to vote.

Theresa Burroughs died May 23, 2019.


Watch “A More Perfect Union,” the animated version of Theresa’s story, and go behind the scenes to see the making of the animation.


Originally aired January 12, 2007, on NPR’s Morning Edition.