Selma Interpretive Center completes expansion

Published 6:03 pm Friday, February 24, 2017

The expansion project for the Selma Interpretive Center is complete. The center unveiled its second and third floors on Thursday in front of a large crowd.

The first floor of the center opened in 2011 and work on the other two floors has been ongoing for about the last year.

Some of the artifacts included are a coat that was worn on Bloody Sunday, a deputy’s badge that Sheriff Jim Clark gave his deputies during that time and the Congressional Medal that was awarded to the foot soldiers in 2015.

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We applaud the effort of everyone involved — the foot soldiers, National Park Service and others that have done their part to ensure the expansion was completed.

A lot of people had to work together at different levels of local government to make this possible.

“I will continue to strive to make this center the spot to come to, to learn about voting rights in America,” said U.S. Congresswoman Terri Sewell.

Given its location across from the Edmund Pettus Bridge, that’s exactly what the Selma Interpretive Center should be, and we’re glad to see it’s got three times as much history now.

It will hopefully be a busy place during next week’s Jubilee festivities and in the weeks, months and years to come.