Plan Your Visit
When planning to visit the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, allow sufficient time to stop and see the sights, envision the march, feel the tension, cross the bridge, follow the paths of the foot soldiers, and end in triumph...
Start your journey at the Selma Interpretive Center located in Selma, AL, at the intersection of Water Ave. and Broad St.
Next, visit other attractions in Selma that blend and compliment the Selma Interpretive Center. Then follow U.S. Hwy. 80 to the Lowndes Interpretive Center that is strategically placed near the site of historic "Tent City" approximately midway between Selma and Montgomery, in White Hall.
Afterward, travel along U.S. Hwy. 80 to Montgomery stopping along the way to visit each Trail marker that interprets another tidbit of the march. When you enter Montgomery continue to follow the Trail signs throughout the city to visit other historic civil rights sites. Your adventure concludes at the steps of the Alabama State Capitol where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a host of others addressed a crowd of 25,000 people in support of voting rights for all.
Did You Know?
In 1965, the population of Dallas County was 57% African-American, but of 15,000 African-Americans old enough to vote, only 130 were registered which represented less than 2% of the eligible voters.