Selma in Dallas County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Edmund Pettus Bridge
National Historic Landmark
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.
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
Erected 2014 by the National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 32° 24.342′ N, 87° 1.121′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street (Business U.S. 80) and Water Avenue, on the right when traveling south on Broad 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. 'Bloody Sunday' Attack at Edmund Pettus Bridge / U.S. Congress Approves Voting Rights Act of 1965 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Selma-Dallas County’s 1st Bridge 1884-1940 (about 400 feet away); 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). 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.)
Categories. • Bridges & Viaducts • Civil Rights • Landmarks •
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 605 times since then and 69 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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