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Edmund Pettus Bridge

Address: US Highway 80, Selma, AL
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Selma
Type: Bridges, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Site of "Bloody Sunday" where more than 600 civil rights marchers on March 7, 1965 were attacked by...
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Type: Bridges, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Site of "Bloody Sunday" where more than 600 civil rights marchers on March 7, 1965 were attacked by state and local lawmen.

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Novi Sad, Serbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Site of the brutal police attack on peaceful marchers. Quite appalling that it still bears the name of a Ku Klux Klan leader.

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Austin, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
38 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It just takes a few minutes to stop and walk across or under this historic bridge. Be sure to read about in on the internet to understand it's significance in our Civil Rights history.

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SW MO
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

You can walk the bridge if you desire. From the visitor center side, walk under the bridge for some great pics of the bridge and the river. National Park interpretive center is just before you cross the bridge. Selma is a beautiful city.

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Dyersburg, Tennessee
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66 reviews 66 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Reading about history is a pleasure but it brings it more to lik=fe when you can visit where events took place. Allows you to get a feeling for what it was like.

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Selma, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

across the bridge is a run down ghetto. there are nice people that live there but when its a bridge festival going . you dont want to be there

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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I love places with rich history, and this is certainly one of those places! I was in town for a photo shoot , and decided to do a little geocaching while I was here. Nice little memorial spot to check out.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Going there and to just see the bridge was a good. Reading the history of what took place, brought tears to my eyes. Love it

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Milwaukee, WI
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We walked across the bridge from the city side…the same direction that marchers took on Bloody Sunday. The bridge angle is a lot steeper walking over than you realize when you drive over in a car. The marchers could not possibly have seen the troopers waiting for them at the bottom of the other side until they were over the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The history here is incredible. Unfortunately, the nearby "museum" appeared closed down, all the little businesses around as well. The whole town is like it came out of a time capsule - rural Alabama circa 1960 - and not in a good way. We had a hard time even finding somewhere to have lunch. At least we can say we've... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Revisitation of my experience as a 15 year old youth involved in the Civil Rights Movement. My brother was a marcher on that bridge on Bloody Sunday. He was beaten and hospitalized until that Wednesday. A very frighten experience.

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