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Map 2:Selma [Map 2] with link to larger version of map.(National Park Service)

The Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March actually consisted of three marches, all of which began at Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Selma.  The first, on March 7, 1965, “Bloody Sunday,” ended in violence on the far side of the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River.  The second, symbolic, march took place on “Turnaround Tuesday,” March 9, and proceeded only to the site of the violence of two days earlier.  After a brief prayer, the marchers turned and returned to Selma.  Only the third march, which began on March 21, reached the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery.


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1. Brown Chapel is at the edge of the George Washington Carver neighborhood, a large public housing project constructed after World War II for African Americans. What effect do you think this location might have had on the role the church played in the Voting Rights March?

2. The church is located on what was called Sylvan Street in 1965, but is now Martin Luther King, Jr., Street. Is there a Martin Luther King, Jr., street or avenue where you live? Where is it? What was the street called originally?

3. Selma was a segregated city in 1965. Find Alabama Avenue, which was the main white business street. Next locate Franklin Street, where most African-American businesses were located; it is the unidentified street running parallel to Washington Street. The institutions of local government were also on Alabama Avenue, including the Dallas County Courthouse (not shown on the map) and the building housing both the Selma City Hall and the Dallas County jail. Find this building, now called the Cecil B. Jackson Public Safety Building, on the map. Why do you think organizers decided to march down Alabama Avenue on March 7 and March 21?

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