It Started in Selma

It Started in Selma (HM24FC)

Location: Hayneville, AL 36040 Lowndes County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 16.242', W 86° 43.668'

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Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom. So it was at Lexington and Concord. So it was a century ago at Appomattox. So it was last week in Selma, Alabama.
President Lyndon B. Johnson, March 15, 1965

In the 1950s and 1960s African Americans intensified their efforts to rise up and demand release from their oppressors. This rising was part of the Civil Rights Movement, and its leaders were many. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail represents a brief but important moment in this long struggle. It represents a fight to reaffirm in our country that "all men are created equal" and that all citizens are guaranteed the right to vote.

It started in the small, quiet southern town of Selma, Alabama, where hope, through
tragedy and conviction, was brought to a nation. In Selma a black community simply had had enough. Through their momentum the dream of the right to vote rolled to the steps of the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery and on to the front door of the White House. On August 6, 1965, the dream was signed into law as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and it changed the world.

Marchers on Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama, March 9, 1965

Alabama State Capitol,

at the conclusion of the march
HM NumberHM24FC
Year Placed2015
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, January 7th, 2018 at 7:02pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 525634 N 3570473
Decimal Degrees32.27070000, -86.72780000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 16.242', W 86° 43.668'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 16' 14.52" N, 86° 43' 40.08" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 86 Landmark Dr, Hayneville AL 36040, US
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