Selma Travel Guide

  • Dallas County Courthouse
    Dallas County Courthouse
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  • National Voting Rights Museum
    National Voting Rights Museum
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  • St. James Hotel
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Selma Things to Do

  • We Shall Overcome Trail

    The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks--and three events--that represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement. On "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965, some 600 civil rights marchers headed east out of Selma on U.S. Route 80. They got only as far as the Edmund Pettus Bridge six blocks away,...

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  • Brown Chapel AME Church

    Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church is a church in Selma, Alabama, United States. This church was a starting point for the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and, as the meeting place and offices of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the Selma Movement, played a major role in the events that led to the adoption of the Voting Rights...

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  • Walking around Historic Selma

    Like other southern states when white Democrats regained political power after Reconstruction, Alabama had imposed Jim Crow laws of racial segregation in public facilities and other means of white supremacy. At the turn of the twentieth century, it passed a new constitution, with electoral provisions, such as poll taxes and literacy tests, that...

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  • Edmund Pettus Bridge

    The Edmund Pettus Bridge is a bridge that carries U.S. Route 80 across the Alabama River in Selma, Alabama. Built in 1940, it is named for Edmund Winston Pettus, a former Confederate brigadier general and U.S. Senator from Alabama. The bridge is a steel through arch bridge with a central span of 250 feet (76 m). It is famous as the site of the...

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  • Live Oak Cemetery

    THERE IS GLORY IN GRAVES, reads the inscription on the Confederate Monument that stands in the center of Selma’s National Historic Register Cemetery. Visitors who stroll beneath its ancient oaks and magnolias draped in Spanish moss, will find glory, humor and pathos in the lives whose stories are told here. One of Live Oak’s unique aspects is its...

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  • third march

    federal district judge frank m. johnson lifted the injunction on the march and SNCC and SCLC leaders planned a third march for march 21 st . in preparation for the march the federal government sent 2,000 solders and 1,900 alabama national guardsmen to selma to protect the marchers. since the march 7 th aborted march the protesters ranks swelled...

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  • old depot museum

    the old depot museum is a great place to visit for visitors interested in the history of selma. the old depot was a site in the battle of selma in 1865. the old depot museum has a collection of photos and artifacts relating to selma's past and an interesting collection of civil war relics. most visitors to selma come for it's civil rights historic...

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  • old town historic district

    just south of US 80 is the selma old town historic district. pictured is the lee-bender-butler house in the historic district. this beautiful greek revival home was built in 1850 by master builder thomas helm lee. thomas helm lee was a cousin of confederate general robert e. lee. thomas helm lee also built the 1855 sturdivant hall and the 1857...

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  • interpretive center

    most visitors to selma come to tour the selma to montgomery national historic trail. the lowndes county interpretive center is a good first stop to get information and maps of the trail. for those interested in 1960's civil rights history the interpretive center is a must see spot in the selma area.

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  • Selma to Montgomery National Historic...

    The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail was established by Congress in 1996 to commemorate the events, people, and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama.This is a lovely country road most of the way, belying its dramatic role in the history of justice. The starting point is the Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church in Selma. Of course, it...

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  • Lowndes County Interpretive Center

    How can you build a museum with this mouthful of a name and expect anyone to come visit? This is a downright shame because the LCIC is the best Civil Rights museum of the ones I visited. Like the others, it starts with a movie to set the origins of the event, followed by an exhibit.This is the only place where you are made aware that the...

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  • Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church

    At first glance, nothing distinguishes this Church which stands at the edge of a housing project. Yet it is from here that the movement started which would hasten the end of the worst injustice in the history of our country.

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  • Temple Mishkan Israel

    I stumbled upon this synagogue after picking up bottled water at a Rite-Aid. According to the historical marker nearby, three of Selma's mayors in the early Twentieth Century were Jews. I wouldn't have imagined there were three Jews in Selma - ever! I found an interesting video on Youtube exploring the complex feelings of elderly Selma Jews as they...

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  • Historic Water Avenue District

    This is a rundown but characterful neighborhood of old warehouses near the river, definitely worth a stroll. When I was there, it was as empty as if a neutron bomb had gone off the day before. Come to think of it, that was true of so many places in the South!

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  • Edmund Pettus Bridge

    This unique looking bridge was the location for the brutally aborted first march on Montgomery, for the symbolic second march, and for the start of the heroic third march - all within March of 1965. Edmund Pettus was a confederate general and U.S. Senator. The bridge was completed in 1940 and it carries U.S. Route 80 over the Alabama River. The...

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  • bloody sunday monument

    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...

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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...

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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...

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  • 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....

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  • carnegie library

    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

    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...

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  • selma visitors center

    the selma visitors center is located in the selma public library in downtown selma. a good first stop to get information on the historic sites and attractions of selma.

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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...

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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...

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  • edmund pettus bridge

    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

    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

    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...

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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

    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

    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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  • Holy Ground Battlefield Park

    Holy Ground Battlefield Park ~ This is one of the sites where the U.S. Army under the direction of Gen. Andrew Jackson fought the Creek Indians in 1813-14.Holy Ground Battlefield Park is a day use area and offers a swimming beach, boat launching ramp, playground, restrooms, shelters, a multi-purpose court, a nature trail and an observation deck...

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  • crocheron columns

    these columns are all that is left of the 1843 crocheron mansion located in downtown cahawba. see image two for a period photograph of crocheron mansion. cahawba is located 15 miles south of selma off of Al 22.

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  • old capital cemetery

    cahawba's old capital cemetery is the final resting place of cahawba citizens and a number of confederate civil war dead. like most of the town the cemetery is in a state of disrepair. cahawba is located 15 miles south of selma off of Al 22.

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