On April 2, 1865, one effected change and of the battles of the Civil War destroyed almost three-fourths of Selma. At the war’s beginning, Selma became one of the principal manufacturing and a transportation center centers supporting the South’s war effort. Its foundries produced supplies and munitions, and Confederate warships were constructed by its naval yard. When it served as the focal point of the voting-rights movement, A century later, Selma became the scene of a battle. On Sunday, March 7, 1965, roughly 600 marchers set out from Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church on US Highway 80, headed for Montgomery to request the state legislature for reforms at the voter-registration process. They were met six blocks outside of town in the Edmund Pettus Bridge by state and local law enforcement and were turned back with Billy clubs and tear gas–the day became known as “Bloody Sunday.” On March 25, after much debate and a court injunction, some 25,000 marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on their way to Montgomery.
- Selma Images of America