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 closed beginning Wednesday, March 26, 2014 and will reopen on Monday, April 14, 2014 in preparation for the new permanent exhibit. Please call the Lowndes Interpretive Center, (334) 877-1983 prior to your visit.
City of Saint Jude Story
Bernard LaFayette: The last day of the march, the night before we went into Montgomery on the borders, or the edge of Montgomery, there was this Saint Jude, which is called the City of Saint Jude. It was actually a separate city. The movie stars and actors and entertainers who came, you know, the Harry Belafonte and Sammy Davis Junior, and many others, Peter, Paul and Mary, you know, all those people. They came and they, you know, participated and showed their support. And it was really Harry Belafonte that rounded up all these entertainers, and he used to get on the phone and tell ‘em they had to be involved. And he would twist their arms and ankles and whatever else he had to twist, you know. He was the one that mobilized them you might say. You know. But they were there.
Did You Know?
On March 17, 1965, after five days of testimony, Judge Johnson granted an order authorizing the march from Selma to Montgomery. On March 21, Martin Luther King led a diverse group of 8,000 demonstrators out of Selma under the protection of 2,000 National Guard troops and federal marshals.