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    bloody sunday monument

    by doug48 Updated Sep 1, 2009

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    located at the base of the edmund pettus bridge is the "bloody sunday" monument. when governor george wallace was informed of plans for the civil rights march from selma to mongomery he denounced the march as a threat to public safety. wallace authorized the alabama state police and the dallas county sheriff's office to block the marchers from crossing the bridge. on march 7 th 1965 the police beat the marchers with billy clubs, bull whips and sprayed them with tear gas. the police beat back the protesters back over the bridge and the march 7 th march was cancelled.

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    alabama state capitol

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    alabama state capitol

    the terminus of the selma-montgomery civil rights trail is the alabama state capitol building. on march 25 th 1965 25,000 marchers walked up dexter ave. to the steps of the capitol. martin luther king finished the protest march with his famous speech "how long, not long". for those interested in 1960's civil rights history the selma-montgomery civil rights trail is well worth taking.

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    city of st. jude

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    city of st. jude

    the city of st. jude was founded by catholic priest harold purcell in the mid 1930's. a hospital was built in the city of st. jude in 1951. the city of st. jude hospital was the first intergrated hospital in the southeast. during the selma to montgomery march the city of st. jude allowed marchers to camp at their facility. the city of st. jude hospital closed in 1985 and now st. jude's buildings are used for low income housing. the city of st. jude is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    battle of holy ground

    by doug48 Updated Aug 25, 2009

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    site of the battle of holy ground

    u.s. general f. l. claiborne defeated creek native americans at the battle of holy ground in 1813. thirty three creeks and one u.s. solder were killed in the battle of holy ground. claiborne destroyed the holy ground creek village but chief red eagle weatherford escaped from the battle on horse back. the battle of holy ground was the last u.s. battle with the creeks in south alabama.

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    carnegie library

    by doug48 Updated Aug 24, 2009

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    pictured is the old carnegie library located in downtown selma. the steel tycoon andrew carnegie built thousands of libraries all over the country in the early 20 th century. the carnegie library is one of a number of historic buildings in downtown selma.

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    viola liuzzo memorial

    by doug48 Updated Aug 23, 2009

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    viola liuzzo was a detroit michigan house wife that was horrified by the images of the aborted march 7 th selma to montgomery civil rights march. she told her husband anthony liuzzo, a teamsters official, that "this was everybody's fight" and that she was driving to selma. the evening after the third march to montgomery liuzzo and leroy moton drove groups of protesters back to selma from montgomery. after two trips to selma liuzzo and moton were returning to montgomery when they were spotted by car with four klansmen. liuzzo and moton were chased 20 miles from selma into lowndes county. the car with the kansmen pulled along side liuzzo's car and shot her twice in the head. moton survived the attack and later ran for help from liuzzo's wreaked car. because there was an FBI informant in the klan car the klansmen were quickly arrested. one klansman died of a heart attack before his trial and two other klansmen were convicted and given short prison sentences. the liuzzo murder contributed to the quick passage of the 1965 voting rights act.

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    st, paul's episcopal church

    by doug48 Updated Aug 22, 2009

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    st. paul's episcopal church

    st. paul's is a historic church located in the selma historic district. the original st. paul's episcopal church was built in 1838. union general james h. wilson's troops burned down the church during the battle of selma in 1865. the beautiful gothic revival church you see today was built in 1875. st. paul's has an excellent collection of tiffany stained glass windows. st. paul's episcopal church is listed on the national register of historic places.

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    first baptist church

    by doug48 Updated Aug 22, 2009

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    first baptist church

    though most visitors to selma come to take the civil rights tour. downtown selma has a very interesting historic district that is worth exploring for those interested in history and architecture. pictured is the selma first baptist church located in the selma historic district. the selma first baptist church was established in 1885. the first baptist church is one of several beautiful churches in downtown selma.

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    edmund pettus bridge

    by doug48 Updated Aug 22, 2009

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    the edmund pettus bridge was named after edmund winston pettus who was a confederate civil war general and later an alabama u.s. senator. the edmund pettus bridge became world famous on march 7 1965 as the scene of the "bloody sunday" confrontation between civil rights marchers and police during the 1960's civil rights movement.

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    united methodist church

    by doug48 Written Aug 22, 2009

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    united methodist church

    the church street united methodist church was established in 1835. the church that you see today was built in 1901. the united methodist church is one of serveral beautiful churches in downtown selma.

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    second march

    by doug48 Updated Aug 22, 2009

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    after the "bloody sunday" incident on march 7th martin luther king called for a "symbolic" march to the edmund pettus bridge on march 9 th. federal district judge frank m. johnson had issued a injunction against the protest march and king and his protesters marched over the bridge said a short prayer and returned to downtown selma. later that night a group of local whites attacked unitarian minister james reeb who was a participant in the march. reeb was refused admission to selma's hospital and was sent to university hospital in birmingham. reeb died as a result of his beating two days later.

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    hernando desoto monument

    by doug48 Updated Aug 22, 2009

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    hernando desoto monument

    the spanish explorer hernando desoto visited the selma area in 1540. near this marker desoto met with native american chief tuskaloosa. the selma area has a number of native american sites that may be of interest to students of early american history.

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    public safety building

    by doug48 Written Aug 22, 2009

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    cecil b. jackson public safety building

    the cecil b. jackson public safety building was originally the old selma city hall and jail. today the cecil b. jackson building is used for the city of selma's municipal court. martin luther king was arrested in selma and was an inmate in the old selma jail.

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    brown chapel AME church

    by doug48 Written Aug 22, 2009

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    brown chapel AME church

    this romanesque revival style church was built in 1908 by a. j. farley. during the selma to montgomery protest march the brown chapel was the headquarters of the southern christian leadership conference (SCLC).

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    first baptish church

    by doug48 Written Aug 22, 2009

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    first baptist church

    this gothic revival brick church was built in 1894 and was designed by black architect dave benjamin west. the first baptist church became nationally famous for it's involvement in the 1965 selma to montgomery protest march. the first baptist church was used as a planning site and headquarters for the student nonviolent coordinating committee (SNCC). for those interested in taking the selma to montgomery national historic trail the first baptist church is a good place to start the tour.

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