Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The Selma Movement
(The Beginning) / (The Prize)
In January of 1963 local citizens organized a voter registration class & by February others were in Selma to assist with registration. Local law officials & blacks seeking to register to vote soon clashed & this received widespread news coverage.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Selma in January of 1965 to lead the drive to vote. This began the marches to the Dallas County Courthouse, the great number of arrests, the ensuing violence, & national media attention on Selma & the issue of voter registration.
A march on March 9, led by Dr. Martin Luther
The Federal Court ruled the march was legal & with Federal protection 4,000 began the march to Montgomery on March 21. Camping along the road the protesters reached 25,000 in number by the time they reached the State Capital on March 25.
National news coverage of these events secured wide-spread support & led to the approval of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1865.
Erected 1990 by Alabama Historical Commission / City of Selma.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 32° 24.388′ N, 87° 1.14′ W. Marker was in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker was at the intersection of Broad Street (U.S. 80) and Water Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Broad Street. Exact marker location now has a different Civil Rights marker erected. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Selma AL 36701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. This Tablet Commemorates the Visit of Lafayette (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Water Avenue (about 300 feet away); Edmund Pettus Bridge (about 300 feet away); Site of Selma-Dallas County’s 1st Bridge 1884-1940St. James Hotel (about 400 feet away); The Sleeping Prophet (about 400 feet away); Ecor Bienville (about 400 feet away); Sgt Robert Weakley Patton (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,159 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 7, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 3, 4. submitted on March 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 5, 6. submitted on November 7, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on November 8, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.