Since we got a bit of a late start out of Birmingham, we didn't get to Selma till almost sunset. We just had time to see the Edmund Pettus Bridge and walk around town for a few minutes before we had to head down the road to Montgomery.
The infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge, where local and state police beat and tear gassed peaceful activists attempting to march to Montgomery. March 7, 1965 became forever known as "Bloody Sunday" as the coverage went around the world.
The Alabama River
marchers, passing a few markers where they spent the night along the way. The next morning we got up to a full day of history. First stop, the Rosa Parks Library and Museum. We could not take photos inside but it was a very interesting interactive tour.
I did not know about the Capital City Guards.
Civil Rights Memorial and Southern Poverty Law Center
Maya Lin, who designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC, also designed this memorial, which lists the names of all those killed working for civil rights in the 1960s.
museum but it was closed the day we were there--disappointing! I took this photo through the glass door and one of the murals outside.