Civil-rights history in Selma, Ala.
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Selma, Alabama celebrates civil rights history

A bust of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. sits atop a memorial outside the Brown Chapel AME Church, home of the civil-rights movement in Selma, Ala. Hundreds of marchers retreated to the church on March 7, 1965 — “Bloody Sunday” — after they were attacked by Alabama state troopers that day. (Jay Jones)
Civil-rights marchers are depicted at the Lowndes County Interpretive Center near Selma, including a disabled man from Michigan who made the journey on crutches. Two weeks after “Bloody Sunday,” thousands of people successfully marched from Selma to the state Capitol, 50 miles away in Montgomery. The interpretive center is located on the site of one of the marchers’ overnight encampments. (Jay Jones)
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., right of center, and his wife, Coretta Scott King, on the historic march. King mobilized ministers from around the country, and they were joined by thousands. (Collection of the Rev. Frederick D. Reese)
The Rev. Frederick D. Reese has been active in the civil-rights movement in Selma, Ala., since the early 1960s. He recounts the “Bloody Sunday” confrontation: “The state troopers had billy clubs in both hands. They literally went down the line, toppling the marchers over as if you were toppling bowling pins in a bowling alley.” (Jay Jones)
The Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala., where marchers took refuge on March 7, 1965 — “Bloody Sunday.” (Jay Jones)
The Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma is the site where police — acting on orders from then-Gov. George Wallace — turned back voting-rights marchers on Bloody Sunday in 1965. The bridge is just blocks from the National Voting Rights Museum & Institute, which includes many first-person accounts of the march. (Jay Jones)