Thursday, October 22, 2015

Selma, Alabama: Alabama River Park

We've seen all sorts of photos over the past half-century of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. However, the pictures are always taken from the downtown area. What's on the other side?

It turns out that to get to Montgomery from Selma, you'd walk over the bridge and head southeast. The other side has a couple of strip malls, and a National Voting Rights Museum that didn't look particularly attractive at least from the outside. Maybe it was just a slow day, because there is an active website for it.

However, on one side of the road is a park. The four monuments shown in the picture greet visitors before they enter the shady paths that lead down to the riverfront.

We didn't see anything on the early part of the path, and turned out. Apparently there are small wooden tributes hammered into the trees along the way, as those who lost their lives in the civil rights struggle are remembered.

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