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 Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in preparation for the new permanent exhibit. Please call the Lowndes Interpretive Center, (334) 877-1983 prior to your visit.
Edmund Winston Pettus Bridge
The Edmund Pettus bridge became a symbol of the momentous changes taking place in Alabama, America, and the world. It was here that voting rights marchers were violently confronted by law enforcement personnel on March 7, 1965. The day became known as Bloody Sunday.
The march resumed on Sunday March 21, with court protection through Federal District Court Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., who weighed the right of mobility against the right to march and ruled in favor of the demonstrators. "The law is clear that the right to petition one's government for the redress of grievances may be exercised in large groups...," said Judge Johnson, "and these rights may be exercised by marching, even along public highways."
This time, 3,200, versus the initial 600, marches headed east out of Selma, across the EdmundPettusBridge and on to Montgomery. Marches walked 12 miles a day and slept in fields. By the time they reached the capitol on Thursday, March 25, they were 25,000-strong. Less than five months later, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- the best possible redress of grievances.
Did You Know?
The National Trails System Act institutes a national system of recreation, scenic, and historic trails. Within it, historic trails are extended routes that follow nationally significant, original routes of travel as closely as possible.