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Edmund Pettus Bridge

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Address: US Highway 80, Selma, AL
Phone Number: 3344180800
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Site of "Bloody Sunday" where more than 600 civil rights marchers...

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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A Strong Historical Symbol

I visited this sight with my sons with ages from 8 to 20. They now understand that people were hurt on that bridge for our rights. We actually walked the bridge and talked about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Malcolm J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited this sight with my sons with ages from 8 to 20. They now understand that people were hurt on that bridge for our rights. We actually walked the bridge and talked about what happen when the marchers crossed the bridge. It was great as other families were there teaching their kids. They could Identify with the movie Selma... More 

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Thank Malcolm J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Bridge is more Historic and educational than anything. You would have to understand the history to appreciate this bridge. It's really just a bridge nothing exciting about it. A few monuments at the end of the Bridge and a little mom&pop souvenir shop. The voting place is now a museum we were unable to go because it was closing... More 

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Thank Crystal J
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Walking across the bridge with my family was an amazing and important feeling to know the history of our GREAT nation. I strongly recommend taking you and your love ones there!!!!

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Thank Dale C
Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Walking the bridge was so important - giving one a feeling that you walk in the footsteps of both the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement and all the unnamed foot soldiers who made up the brave souls standing for what needed to be done. At the other end of the bridge (towards Montgomery) on the right side is the... More 

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1 Thank Lonny B
San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Ironically, this bridge, site of a Pyrrhic victory for blacks and voting rights, was named for a confederate general. It is a pretty bridge, and lords over the remnants of what was once a beautiful antebellum river city. Worth a visit to read some historical markers, but not much to down downtown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

There can be few photographs which sum up the power of democracy more than that of Barack Obama walking over this bridge in 2015. An essential stopping point for anyone interested in civil rights. Or for anyone. How ironic that a bridge named after a Klansman should have such significance in the civil rights movement. The Voting Rights Museum sits... More 

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1 Thank CazBrogz
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Be under no illusions, there is not a great deal to see. It is what the bridge symbolises that is important. A moving place to be.

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Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Imagine how it would have felt to have been in Selma in March of 1965, to have walked across this bridge, to have witnessed one of the pivotal moments in Civil Rights history. In March of every year, a remembrance of Bloody Sunday and celebration of equality in voting rights is held. Any other time of the year, you may... More 

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Grinnell, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

I was too young to remember news about Bloody Sunday, but I was moved by the opportunity to see the site of one of the significant sites of the Civil Rights Movement. Got to take a number of pictures before slowly driving over the bridge and taking the route to Montgomery. It was an honor to experience the moment, even... More 

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Nashville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

My son and I stopped at the bridge before traveling the Selma to Montgomery Historic Route. It was a deeply emotional experience to be in the place where such sacrifice and horrific tragedy took place. It was also nice to think about those who continued to return to this bridge to work toward the freedoms due us all as citizens... More 

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