Congressmen visit Selma

Published 8:07 pm Monday, May 17, 2010

SELMA — A couple of members of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture popped into the city for a visit Sunday.

Congressmen Glenn W. Thompson (R-Penn.) and Adrian Smith (R-Neb.) visited Brown Chapel and walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Sunday morning with some federal park employees and Joanne Bland, of Journeys for the Soul, a division of M&M Tours. Charlotte Griffeth and Patty Sexton of the city Planning and Development Department escorted them.

“We have enjoyed our visit to Alabama,” said Thompson as he and Smith posed for photographs.

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The congressmen were in the state to take part in a House Agriculture Committee field hearing on the Farm Bill held in Troy on Saturday. Four other members of congress attended the hearing held by committee chairman Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) Congressman Bobby Bright (D-Montgomery) of Alabama’s 2nd District arranged the visit.

Griffeth said Thompson and Smith were interested in Selma’s historical landmarks.

“I think it was more of a tourist visit than anything,” she said.