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 the final day of the Selma to Montgomery march on March 25, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a crowd of 25,000 from a stage near the steps of the State Capitol Building.