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Contact: Patricia Butts, 334-727-6390
White Hall, AL –The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail will commemorate the events and people that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with activities throughout 2015. Join the Selma to Montgomery NHT in partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for "The Martyrs of the March" on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 5:30 p.m. at the Civil Rights Memorial, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104. This program launches the year-long 50th Anniversary Lecture Series and is one of the premier activities.
The program will honor the champions that lost their lives in the struggle for freedom in the Civil Rights Movement with emphasis on the Selma to Montgomery March. This dialogue will acknowledge Jimmie Lee Jackson, Reverend James Reeb, Viola Gregg Liuzzo and Jonathan Myrick Daniels, examine who they were, why they choose to get involved and how their contributions influenced the course of the movement.
This event is FREE and open to the public. For more information about National Park Service 50th Anniversary activities, visit www.nps.gov/semo.
Direction to the Civil Rights Memorial:
From Atlanta - Follow I-85 South to Montgomery. Take exit 1 for Union Street. Turn right onto S. Union Street. Turn left onto Washington Avenue. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on Washington Avenue. Destination will be on the left (400 Washington Avenue).
From Selma: - Take US 80 E. Merge onto 1-65 N via the ramp to Birmingham. Take exit 172 for Herron Street. Turn right onto Herron Street. Herron Street turns slightly left and becomes Bibb Street. Continue onto Madison Avenue. Turn right onto S. Decatur Street. Take the 3rd right onto Washington Avenue. Destination will be on the left (400 Washington Avenue).
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