Jubilee, city leaders pleased with eventsPublished 9:25pm Monday, March 4, 2013
One day after the historic bridge crossing re-enactment, local officials reflected on what proved to another smooth and successful Jubilee.
“We were pleased with the turn out of people who came and it was a great experience and historical for our vice president to be here,” Selma Mayor George Evans said. “Other than the weather being a little cool, I think it was a beautiful day.”
Evans said with Vice Present Joe Biden speaking at Jubilee, it made the day that more special.
“It was a historical moment for him to come and he said he wishes he would have come in 1965 and he apologized,” Evans said. “I think that’s probably one of the reasons why he brought his family with him so they could have this experience.”
Sam Walker, Jubilee chairman, said after the initial chaos of the day faded, he believed it to be a successful Jubilee.
“It was a tremendous crowd, it was probably our third largest march,” said Walker, who has chaired the event for 20 years. “It put a spotlight on Selma in a good way. Usually we have a spotlight on us for the wrong reason, but this time it was the right reason.”
An estimated 15,000 people came out to march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Evans thanked all those who made Jubilee possible, especially the Selma Police and Fire Departments.
“Without these people who worked hard day and night, Jubilee wouldn’t have been possible,” Evans said.