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Voting Rights Museum &
Pettus Bridge

Selma, AL


Walking over the Pettus Bridge.
Next to the Bridge is this museum.


"I really didn't think I was going to care about anything called the Voting Rights Museum but I was proved wrong about 15 seconds after I thought it by a wall to my left. On it were what appeared to be little white post-its... Written by people who had been on the Selma to Montgomery march. I copied the text of some into my journal: 'I was there,' 'I was clubbed by a police officer and I stayed on my feet'... This woman, loud, brash, no-nonsense woman directed woman directed us around. She was an absolutely staggering individual... Reverend Reeves [Who was at Bloody Sunday] spoke to us for only about 15 minutes. I am not religious in the least, but this speech sent chills through my body, It was all very surreal... It was as if it had never happened except for that feeling that I had been sucked up into a tornado and then dropped back to the ground again, but at this point I was getting used to it."
"In history, there really is a huge difference in knowing what happened and actually knowing what it was like. Simply knowing about the Selma to Montgomery march is one thing, actually walking across the Pettus Bridge is quite another. I don't think I could have really understood the Civil Rights Movement, without going on this trip. I would have just known the facts, I wouldn't have known the feeling."
"The next day, we drove to Selma, Al, to the Pettus Bridge, we walked across the bridge, and I pictured thousands of marchers behind us. I could not even imagine the violence that took place there almost 40 years ago."




2: Mrs. Bland, the director of the museum.
6: Rev. Reese, a veteran of Bloody Sunday, 1965

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