Take time to remember Selma’s past

Published 9:06 pm Thursday, July 10, 2014

If you love history, Selma has all you could ask for.

You would be hard pressed to find more history in one place than what waits around every corner in Selma.

This weekend, much of that history can be seen for only $7 because of an event organized by Ashley Mason, Tourism Director for the Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce.

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From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, community members can tour the Old Depot Museum, Selma Interpretive Center, Sturdivant Hall Museum, Vaughan-Smitherman Museum, National Voting Rights Museum and the Ancient Africa, Enslavement and Civil War Museum all for just a $7 ticket.

Everyone who visits all six of those museums Saturday will be able to enjoy a wagon tour of Old Cahawba on Sunday.

I’m not writing this piece to earn favor with any one at the chamber of commerce of tourism office; I’m writing this as an Ohio boy who has always loved history.

When I was growing up, I was always in awe of the stories my oldest family members would tell of the things they have seen.

My father’s father told me how he winced and covered his eyes as he watched one of the first atomic bombs illuminate the Arizona sky.

My great uncle showed me the piece of stone he chipped from Adolf Hitler’s mantle after his company stormed one of Hitler’s hideouts.

My mother’s mother told me about her childhood, growing up poor in southern Ohio. And she told me how she met a rambunctious , foul-mouthed young lad from Columbus who would turn out to be my grandfather.

There are things that have happened before our time that don’t define us, but they do become a part of who we are.

Before I moved to Selma, the city’s named filled my conscience with images of Bloody Sunday and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Since I moved here last August, I have seemingly tripped over layer after layer of history it seems.

Learning about Selma’s role in the Civil War is incredible. Seeing how the city’s citizens changed the world is amazing.

All of this history and more is on display every day at our local museums.

Having walked through the majority of the museums taking part in Saturday’s event, I can honestly say I have never seen anything like it.

There is so much history to in Selma, you’d think there would never be enough museums.

But there are, and they are excellent.

If you can’t get to all six of the museums Saturday, do yourself a favor and get to one you haven’t been to before.

We can’t forget our past. We can’t forget the people who changed the world for us, or the city they called home.