Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
Due to the sequestration plan, Lowndes Interpretive Center, will be closed on Sunday's effective March 10, 2013, until further notice. For more information, please call (334) 877-1983 or visit www.nps.gov/semo
Selma Interpretive Center Closures
The Selma Interpretive Center will close periodically beginning Monday, March 17, 2014 through Friday, April 11, 2014 in preparation for the new permanent exhibit. Please call the Selma Interpretive Center, (334) 872-0509 prior to your visit.
Kids! Collect stories about the Civil War and civil rights! The National Park Service is offering more than 500 trading cards to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Visit a park in person to earn a card (sorry, cards cannot be mailed). Ask a ranger or stop by the visitor center at a participating park. You can view all the cards online and discover stories from nearly 90 national parks in 31 states and the District of Columbia. You'll be surprised at what you will learn.
Civil Rights Marchers
Brown Chapel, African Methodist Episcopal Church
Edmund Pettus Bridge "Bloody Sunday"
On "Bloody Sunday," March 7, 1965, during a march to Montgomery, non-violent civil rights demonstrators were attacked by armed officers as they crossed this bridge. Captured on film and broadcasted across national television, the event left the nation in disbelief and increased awareness to the unfair voting practices that were taking place throughout the state.
Frederick D. Reese, Selma City Teachers Association
On January 22, 1965, Frederick D. Reese led over 100 teachers to the Dallas County Courthouse with the intent to vote. After arriving at the courthouse, Reese was repeatedly assaulted as he attempted to enter. After a final attempt, the marchers led by Reese departed the courthouse and proceeded to Brown Chapel AME Church.
Did You Know?
On March 7, 1965, ABC News interrrupted the network's premiere showing of Judgement at Nuremburg to display 15 minutes of raw footage from the attack on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.