Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail [AL]
The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail commemorates the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama. On March 7, 1965, subsequently known as "Bloody Sunday," non-violent protesters for African American voting rights crossed the Edmond Pettus Bridgeonly to be gassed, beaten, and halted by law enforcement officers. In response, nation-wide protesters flocked to the site for a five-day march, beginning March 21, 1965. This march received state and federal law enforcement protection. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was among those who spoke at the rally which followed completion of the march. The Voting Rights Act was passed May 26, 1965.
The site offers an interpretive center with exhibits and a film at the midpoint of the trail; ranger-led programs; in-classroom outreach programs; and Junior Ranger activities. Reservations are required for all ranger-led programming. The website offers lesson plans.