Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Selma Movement (The Prize)

Marker ID: AHC 
Location: at the intersection of Broad Street (U.S. 80) and Water Avenue, Selma, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 24.384    W 087° 1.144
  32.4064    -87.01906666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMNCBW


On Sunday March 7, 1965, 600 people led by Hosea Williams & John Lewis began a march to Montgomery to take their quest for voting rights directly to Governor George C. Wallace. At the Pettus bridge they were met by state troopers who used horses, tear gas & billy clubs to break up the march.

A march on March 9, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. met the troopers at the same place & turned around without incident. 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 Capitol on March 25. National news coverage of these events secured widespread support & led to the approval of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965.

(Erected 1990 by the City of Selma)


Explore more:
NPS - Edmund Winston Pettus Bridge
Wikipedia - Edmund Winston Pettus Bridge
Wikipedia - Voting Rights Act of 1965

Wikipedia - Martin Luther King, Jr.
The King Center - Martin Luther King, Jr

Wikipedia - Hosea Lorenzo William
Wikipedia - John Lewis

Wikipedia - African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968)
Wikipedia - Civil resistance
Wikipedia - Nonviolent resistance

Wikipedia - List of African American historic places in South Carolina
Wikipedia - NAACP

End of The Selma Movement (The Prize)