Edmund Pettus Bridge, ‘Bloody Sunday’ Site, Declared A Historic Landmark (Video)

Vice President Joe Biden and other lawmakers leads a group across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., Sunday, March 3, 2013. They were commemorating the 48th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, when police officers beat marchers when they crossed the bridge on a march from Selma to Montgomery. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Forty eight years ago, the Edmund Pettus Bridge was the site of a horrific attack on some 600 civil rights demonstrators, traveling from Selma to Montgomery. When the then Alabama governor George Wallace ordered state and local police to stop the march on grounds of public safety, the group was confronted by authorities armed with billy clubs and tear gas in what infamously became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

Today, the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and the Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis declared the bridge a historic landmark, honoring it’s significance as a site of a major turning point in the Civil Rights Movement.

The bridge is one of 13 new sites to receive national recognition, including the home of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” author Harriet Beecher Stowe, and is also the location of the annual reenactment of the march.

“From the Civil War to civil rights, to the struggles and accomplishments of women, African Americans and Latinos, these sites highlight the mosaic of our nation’s historic past,” said Director Jarvis. “We are proud to administer the National Historic Landmarks Program to educate and inspire Americans through their country’s rich and complex history.”

The “Bloody Sunday” attack contributed heavily to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a law that is widely considered to be the country’s most effective piece of civil rights legislation. Currently, the law is facing potential changes to Section 5, which requires states with a history of racial discrimination to receive approval from the Justice Department before changing election procedures.

“For many of us who are familiar with the statute, we know that Section 5 is the main reason why the Voting Rights Act is the most effective civil rights statute we’ve ever passed in this country,” Julie Fernandes, a senior policy analyst at the Open Society Foundations, told The Huffington Post.

Despite the debate surrounding the Voting Rights Act, there is no doubt that the Edmund Pettus Bridge holds special significance in the nation’s history, a sentiment Salazar shared in his dedication.

“Today’s designations include significant sites that help tell the story of America and the contributions that all people from all walks of life have made as we strive for a more perfect union.”

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4 Responses

  1. Melody Lee says:

    This makes you think about how you live your life personally and how important it is to educate yourself. “Giveaways”

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  2. Crystal R. says:

    Sometimes when I read about the vents in history, my heart becomes instantly full. I begin to imagine what it was like living through something so tragic. I then realize how we are truly blessed with such a rich heritage and have many stories that we can share with our children. Thank you. “Giveaways”

  3. Altovise P. says:

    This is a great example of finding an opportunity to create something great from a very tragic event. History is still being written with the choices we make. “Giveaway”

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