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Removal of Confederate Monuments Brings New Efforts to Rename Edmund Pettus Bridge

The historic Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma is an iconic symbol of the civil rights movement that bears the name of a Confederate general. “Edmund Pettus was a grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan. Edmund Pettus was a white supremacist and I don’t think you need to lift both of those in the same breath,” said former State Senator…

Victims Identified in Fatal Plane Crash Near Craig Field in Selma as U.S. Navy Pilots

Dallas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed two people died onboard a plane that crashed near Craig Field in Selma Wednesday. The victims have been identified as Capt. Vincent Segars and Commander Joshua Fuller of the U.S. Navy. Both are pilots and were en route to Pensacola, Florida from Jasper, Alabama on a civilian plane. According to the U.S. Navy, Capt….

FAA: Small Plane Crashes in Selma with Two People Aboard

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Piper PA-32 crashed two miles southwest of Craig Field in Selma Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened about two miles southwest of Craig Field at around 4:40 p.m. Officials with the FAA are headed to the scene to begin their investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident….

Selma Hosts Police and Prayers Vigil Sunday Afternoon

Sunday afternoon many gathered in Selma for a prayer vigil in honor of racial healing in the community as well as the country. A racially diverse crowd gathered at Bloch Park where they reflected and prayed for racial healing. Ministers from churches in the area offered prayers for unity, equality, and peace. The group also prayed for a better relationship…

New Mural in Downtown Selma Showcases Alabama’s Butterfly Capital

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A new mural that showcases Selma’s designation as the official Butterfly Capital of Alabama — is going up at a new green space — in downtown Selma. The city of Selma is known for a great many things. And one of them — is for being the official Butterfly Capital of state of Alabama. That…

Selma Implementing Curfew Amid COVID-19

The City of Selma is implementing a curfew starting Sunday, March 28th. Due to the  COVID-19 pandemic and the increased risk of infection by public gatherings, the City of Selma is implementing a curfew for the hours between 9:00 pm and 5:00 am 7 days per week. This is effective as of March 29, 2020 and continues in effect until…

Selma to Montgomery March 55th Anniversary Commemoration

It was 55 years ago on March 25th, 1965 when a group of 40 thousand protesters arrived in Montgomery after completing the Selma to Montgomery March. On Wednesday ,a group from Alabama State University placed a wreath at the exact spot where the historic 1965 Selma to Montgomery March held its successful conclusion, when the marchers reached the Alabama State Capitol…

CEO of Washington Street Gang in Selma Sentenced to 10 Years for Assault

The head of the Washington Street Gang in Selma, Ladarius “Bo” Parker has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Parker was convicted of 1st degree assault in September of 2019 for a 2018 shooting. The shooting happened at Vasser’s Mini Mart in Selma. “Bo Parker can become the CEO and CFO of another gang in prison”, Dallas County District…

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…