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Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Edmund Pettus Bridge

National Historic Landmark

 
 
Edmund Pettus Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
1. Edmund Pettus Bridge Marker
Inscription.  
Edmund Pettus Bridge
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark

This site possesses national significance for its
association with "Bloody Sunday," a seminal event in the
Civil Rights Movement. Here, on March 7, 1965,
law enforcement officers violently attacked peaceful
marchers. Media coverage of the confrontation raised
public awareness of the need for voting rights
legislation and resulted in a national outcry that
pressured Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
2013
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior

 
Erected 2014 by the National Park Service.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & ViaductsCivil RightsLandmarks. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks series list. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1943.
 
Location. 32° 24.342′ N, 87° 1.121′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker
Edmund Pettus Bridge & Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
2. Edmund Pettus Bridge & Marker
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is at the intersection of Broad Street (Business U.S. 80) and Water Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Broad Street. Bridge crosses the Alabama River entering downtown Selma. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Broad Street, Selma AL 36703, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Selma-Dallas County’s 1st Bridge 1884-1940 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Tablet Commemorates the Visit of Lafayette (about 400 feet away); Water Avenue (about 400 feet away); Ecor Bienville (about 500 feet away); St. James Hotel (about 500 feet away); The Sleeping Prophet (about 700 feet away); Selma Army Arsenal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arsenal Place (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
 
Also see . . .
1. Unveiling of Historic Landmark designation. (Submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on bridge. (Submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Biography of Edmund Pettus. (Submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Edmund Pettus Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
3. Edmund Pettus Bridge
Bigadier General Edmund Winston Pettus, C.S.A. image. Click for full size.
National Archives
4. Bigadier General Edmund Winston Pettus, C.S.A.
Before his appointment to brigadier general, Pettus had been a colonel of the 20th Alabama Infantry, C.S.A.
Edmund Pettus Bridge plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
5. Edmund Pettus Bridge plaque
Located near Water Avenue on bridge approach.
Edmund Pettus Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By National Park Service, March 12, 2014
6. Edmund Pettus Bridge Marker
Ready to be installed.
Edmund Pettus Bridge above Alabama River. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 30, 2014
7. Edmund Pettus Bridge above Alabama River.
'Bloody Sunday' / Voting Rights marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, March 25, 2015
8. 'Bloody Sunday' / Voting Rights marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 979 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on July 3, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
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Sep. 28, 2022