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Leader of Selma Group that Owns Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair Speaks Out about Its Theft

The theft of a Confederate monument stolen from a Selma cemetery is making headlines across the country. Now the leader of the group that owns the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair is speaking out to Alabama News Network. “It’s irreplaceable. It’s just like any other art, it’s priceless. I mean what kind of a price do you put on the Mona…

Ransom Note Threatens to Make Confederate Monument in Selma a Toilet

A group claiming responsibility for stealing a Confederate monument from Old Live Oak Cemetery in Selma last month is now threatening to turn the ornate sculpture of a chair into a toilet. A representative of the United Daughters of the Confederacy on March 20 reported to police that the Jefferson Davis Memorial Chair had gone missing from the cemetery. Someone…

City of Selma to Honor Life of Dr. Frederick D. Reese

The City of Selma plans to honor the memory of civil rights leader Dr. Frederick D. Reese with several events on Monday, March 15. The Selma City Council has declared March 21 as F.D. Reese Day each year. Reese, who is a member of the historic “Courageous Eight” civil rights leaders, is credited with writing the letter to the Southern…

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell Remembers Bloody Sunday

Photo of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma – Photo from Office of U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Alabama) is remembering Bloody Sunday, which took place in Selma on March 7, 1965. She has released this statement: “Today, we commemorate the 56th Anniversary of…

Central Alabama Fall Festival in Selma Called a “Mild Success”

Organizers of the Central Alabama Fall Festival in Selma say this year’s event was a mild success. The festival replaced the annual Central Alabama Fair because of COVID-19 concerns. Manager John Haskell says attendance was better than expected, but still only reached about 60% of the numbers from last year’s fair. CDC guidelines for COVID-19 protection were followed during the…

James Perkins Defeats Miah Jackson in Selma Mayor’s Race

  Unofficial results show James Perkins has defeated Miah Jackson in the race for Selma Mayor. The final results are: James Perkins    4,001   64.9% Miah Jackson      2,164   35.10% Perkins held the office from 2000-2008. When he was first elected, he was the first Black mayor in Selma’s history. Jackson is the wife of District Attorney Michael Jackson….

Twelve People Running to Become Selma’s Next Mayor

There are twelve candidates each hoping to become the next mayor of Selma. The city election is August 25. Current Mayor Darrio Melton is not seeking a second term. He made the announcement on Facebook earlier this month. Here are the people who have qualified for the race: Tremayne Gorden Robert Green Miah Jackson Cleophus Mann James Perkins, Jr. Clyde…