Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Follow the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail as you explore the events that gave African Americans equal voting rights. Despite having the right to vote since the Civil War, election officials misled and obstructed many African Americans, denying them their right to vote. Congress established this trail in 1996 to bring these tragic events into the public consciousness to ensure that they are not repeated.

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Things To Do Near Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Start your visit to the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail at the Selma Interpretive Center. Photographs, audio recordings, and artifacts from the 54-mile march that took place from March 7 to March 21, 1965 fill the three-story building. Then, drive along the march route until you reach the Lowndes Interpretive Center near Whitehall. Over 20 sharecroppers who were instrumental in getting African American citizens registered and who were kicked off their land for that activity stayed at this location. End your visit at the Montgomery Interpretive Center, where you can learn more about the events occurring in this city during the march. 

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How To Get To Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

You can access the Selma to Montogomery National Historic Trail from several points. Consider getting on the trail in Selma at the Selma Interpretive Center and following it to its end at the Alabama State Capitol building. Blue-and-white signs mark the route. To get to the starting point from Birmingham, take Interstate 65 South. Get off at Exit 234 and take County Road 87. Continue straight to get on Smoky Road and Spring Creek Road. Turn left onto Shelby Street and right onto Alabama 25 South. Turn left on Alabama 139 South. Go straight to get on Alabama 22 West and keep going straight to get on US 80 Business. Turn left on Water Avenue, and the center will be on your left. 


Selma Interpretive Center, 2 Broad Street, Selma, Alabama 36701

Fee: Entry fee $0

African American men were given the right to vote in 1868 with the passage of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. African American women were given the right to vote in 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment. Yet still, in the 1950s and early 1960s, many African American citizens were denied that right. Therefore, organizers started petitioning for changes in the government. Events came to a head in Selma on March 7, 1965, when thousands watched their televisions in horror as Alabama troopers attacked the march of peaceful protesters. Learn more about the events when you visit the sites along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. The best way to explore these sites and others in the area is in an RV. If you do not have one, rent one on RVshare.com.