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 grand dragon of the 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.Plan a trip to Selma easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
The Edmund Pettus Bridge was the site of the conflict of Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965, when armed police attacked and brutally beat 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 successfully walked to the Capitol building.
The bridge was declared a National Historic Landmark on February 27, 2013.
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We were in Selma to photograph the bridge. It is a beautiful old design from 1940, but it does need new paint and detailing. Of course, it has a history associated with it. We had a hard time... more »
This is why I went to Selma and to walk across that bridge was very surreal. Especially when MLK's daughter marched by me leading a group singing "We Shall Overcome" the night before the event. (True.... more »
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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