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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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Such an important place in the history of the Civil Rights battle and the changes in our nation

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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Seafield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When a person knows the history of this bridge, it is quite humbling to stand in the same place as people who lost their lives to ensure that they and generations of African-Americans behind received their right to vote.

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Enid, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had always wanted to go to Selma to see the historical events and places from my high school memories. It was a privilege to be able to walk across the Edmund Pettis bridge.

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Mableton, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took a group of middle school students and they walked across the bridge. For half of them it was sort of emotional while the others thought it was fun. Earlier we had gone to the National Parks information center and they saw the film footage of "Bloody Sunday". It really brought the point home for some of them, especially... More 

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