Historic Markers Across Alabama

It Started in Selma

Marker ID: NPS 
Location: in the NPS Lowndes Interpretive Center, 7002 US-80, Hayneville, AL
County: Lowndes
Coordinates: N 32° 16.242    W 086° 43.668
  32.2707    -86.7278
Style: Interpretative Sign **
Waymark: None


It Started in Selma
Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom. So it was at Lexington and Concord. So it was a century ago at Appomattox. So it was last week in Selma, Alabama.
President Lyndon B. Johnson, March 15, 1965

In the 1950s and 1960s African Americans intensified their efforts to rise up and demand release from their oppressors. This rising was part of the Civil Rights Movement, and its leaders were many. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail represents a brief but important moment in this long struggle. It represents a fight to reaffirm in our country that "all men are created equal" and that all citizens are guaranteed the right to vote.

It started in the small, quiet southern town of Selma, Alabama, where hope, through tragedy and conviction, was brought to a nation. In Selma a black community simply had had enough. Through their momentum the dream of the right to vote rolled to the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery and on to the front door of the White House. On August 6, 1965, the dream was signed into law as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and it changed the world.

Marchers on Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama, March 9, 1965
Alabama State Capitol, at the conclusion of the march

2015 National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Photographs of the marker can be found on HMDB.org

End of It Started in Selma