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Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma

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The Edmund Pettus Bridge carries U.S. Route 80 Business (US 80 Bus.) across the Alabama River in Selma, Alabama. Built in 1940, it is named after Edmund Winston Pettus, a former Confederate brigadier general, U.S. senator, and leader of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. The bridge is a steel through arch bridge with a central span of 250 feet (76 m). Nine large concrete arches support the bridge and roadway on the east side.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge was the site of the conflict of Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965, when police attacked Civil Rights Movement demonstrators with horses, billy clubs, and tear gas as they were attempting to march to the state capital, Montgomery. The marchers crossed the bridge again on March 21 and walked to the Capitol building.

The bridge was declared a National Historic Landmark on February 27, 2013.
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  • I enjoyed this, because of the history involved. In walking over the bridge I thought what it must have been like to be in the group of people walking on Bloody Sunday. They were so brave to do this....  more »
  • It was inspiring to be in Selma and at the bridge. We have seen the bridge on the news over many, many years. There is a small National Park Service office in a building on one side of the bridge...  more »
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  • Driving by to give the kids some history. We had no idea their would be a very kind gentleman to explain how that very important day took place. He had an Uncle who marched. Right before the bridge he has a memorial Park, where he is the care taker. Definitely recommend everyone to stop.
  • My freedom cost the Blood of my Savior most importantly, but also, the blood of Resolute Civilians and our Courageous Service Men & Women who daily fight for you and I to have a life of basic Human Rights and Dignities. We take our freedoms for granted & this was a vividly sobering reminder that Freedom is not Free!

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