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U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell Supports Re-Naming Edmund Pettus Bridge

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) says she supports renaming the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. It was named for Pettus, a former U.S. Senator from Alabama who was also a Confederate Army officer and a Ku Klux Klan leader. The bridge was the site of the pivotal Bloody Sunday civil rights struggle of 1965, which has international significance in…

Selma to Montgomery March Re-enactment

The Selma to Montgomery March was a turning point in the fight for civil rights. On March 7th 1965, a group of 600 people began the march from Selma to Montgomery. Marchers were protesting voter discrimination against black citizens. The peaceful protesters were met by attack dogs, fire hoses, and police batons on the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma. Images…

Bridge Crossing Jubilee: Complete Schedule

The 55th Annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee is underway in Selma. This annual event remembers Bloody Sunday and celebrates civil rights history. Bloody Sunday happened on March 7, 1965. That’s when hundreds of people marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to call for equal voting rights. They were met by dozens of Alabama State Troopers who beat them. That…

Bridge Crossing Jubilee Update: More Big Names Announced

In addition to 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer are expected to be at the 2020 Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, happening this Sunday, March 1st. Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams is also expected to attend. Former State Sen. Hank Sanders says…

Historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Shut Down

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The Edmund Pettus Bridge is closed until Friday to allow work crews to complete a maintenance project near the bridge. Access to the historic bridge has been blocked by barricades. And the bridge will remain closed until about 4 pm Friday. The closing has been disappointing for tourists visiting the area for spring break. Breanni…

Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to Close on Wednesday for Road Work

The Alabama Department of Transportation says it will need to close the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on Wednesday for nearby maintenance. Crews will be performing maintenance to an area of pavement near the bridge. ALDOT says that due to the nature of these repairs and equipment needed, the bridge will be closed for the safety of the traveling…

More Attendees Announced for 2019 Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma

Organizers of the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma have announced the names of more people who will be coming to this year’s event from across the country. The list includes potential 2020 presidential candidates. “We expect five or six presidential candidates, a number of national civil rights leaders as well as other national leaders,” former state senator and organizer…