Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

“There never was a moment in American history more honorable and more inspiring than the pilgrimage of clergymen and laymen of every race and faith pouring into Selma to face danger at the side of its embattled Negroes”

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Address at the conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March
Brown Chapel AME Church, Selma, Alabama (Starting point of the March)

The 54-mile Voting Rights March took them five days on foot between March 21-25, 1965.

First Baptist Church, Selma, Alabama

Today, it’s only an hour by car on I-80, but I stopped at any significant location that was open during this pandemic. And yes, I’ve been vaccinated and wear my mask everywhere.

Ground Outside Civil Rights Memorial, Montgomery, Alabama

Congressman John Lewis introduced a bill in Congress in 1993 to designate the route of the Selma to Montgomery marches as a national historic trail. It took years for the bill to be passed.

Civil Rights Memorial at the Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Designed by Maya Lin

In the meantime, it was declared a state scenic byway in 1995 by Alabama Governor Fob James, and the next year as an All American Road by the Federal Highway Administration.

Finally, in 1996, Congress authorized the creation of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail to commemorate the events, people, and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama.

Alabama State Capitol
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church

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