Selma Alabama has a rich history in a number of respects. In more recent times the civil rights movement, and in the more distant past the civil war era. Visitors can take a self guided walking tour for an insight in to both eras and visit a number of related sites. Make your way to the chamber of commerce building in Selma where you’ll find all the information including maps and directions for walking tours and attractions. Guides are available by appointment.
Civil War History in Selma
Enjoy a walk through Selma’s historic district featuring classic Alabama antebellum architecture from the early 1800s that is tied to a rich history surrounding the civil war era.
The Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
Once a bustling antebellum town and Alabama’s State Capital, Cahawba was abandoned as the civil war wound down. Those with an interest in architecture, history and paranormal activity will enjoy their time spent visiting this site. This ghost town features vast areas of abandoned homes, ruins, burial sites and more. It’s a spooky and eerie experience that will leave the hairs on your arms raised. For more information visit cahawba.com.
Old Live Oak Cemetery
This makes for an interesting visit in a beautiful backdrop. This national historic register cemetery provides endless historic quips and information about the lives of famous people buried here.
There’s many more places to visit including Kenan’s Mill, Selma Art Guild Gallery and Heritage Village. You’ll need to set aside a full day to enjoy all these attractions at relaxed pace. You’ll find more Civil War related attractions in nearby cities and towns such as
Selma Civil Rights Movement
In a long struggle for basic voting rights, a tipping point was reached when a march began in Selma, Alabama. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King, the goal of the marchers was to reach Montgomery as a peaceful march for basic voting rights. Twice they were violently turned back by State troopers, this resulted in a day now known as Bloody Sunday, which needs little explanation.
The heavy handed approach by State and local law enforcement prompted President Lyndon B. Johnson to step in and stamp his authority on the situation. His full protection and support was provided to the marchers. Under Federal protection the marchers embarked on their 56 mile journey taking 5 days to reach Montgomery.
It is on the fifth day upon arriving in Montgomery that Dr. Martin Luther King’s words are forever etched in to history, and his most famous speech is given.
The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama is where the marchers, both black and white, risked their lives and began their journey in to the annals of history. You can follow the exact route that the marchers took Starting in Selma and follow the same route by car to Montgomery.