Bloody Sunday foot soldiers exhibit reopens this week

Published 10:22 am Monday, February 28, 2022

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The “Bloody Sunday Foot Soldiers Photographic Exhibit”re-opened this week at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library.

The exhibit opened Monday and be available until March 11 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“The Library is proud to present this two-week opportunity both preceding and following the Jubilee weekend celebration when visitors also will have the chance to see the photographs,” Selma-Dallas County Public Library Executive Director Becky Nichols said.

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Auburn University Draughon Scholar and Professor of Southern History, Keith Hebert and Auburn University professor Richard Burt teamed up with a group of honors college students to name  people who were involved in the protest on March 7, 1965. They created a facebook page where people can identify photos.

Hebert said that Auburn gave them $50,000 for the project and they paid over $15,000 to purchase photos from the ALEA.

The project received a  $190,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a pair of week-long workshops to include 72 K-12 educators in field studies that focus on the significance of Selma in the early days of the civil rights movement

The Selma City Council and Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. praised the exhibit, which opened in November.

“Actually putting names to these faces is a game-changer,” Selma City Council President Billy Young said. “We’re extremely enthusiastic about recording history this way, because for so long, these men and women who did so much never had their names provided.”