With the historical drama Selma showing in movie theaters nationwide, the film has highlighted the role Selma, Alabama, played in Black history. There are many reasons to visit. Here are five that make Selma a must.
–Jubilee was voted one of the Top 100 Events to attend in North America. This year, Jubilee will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,” also known as the Selma to Montgomery march. From March 5–9, more than 50 events, including the Bridge crossing re-enactment, a golf tournament, battle of the bands, a Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast, and multiple workshops for all ages will be talking place. This year’s special guest will be President Barack Obama.
–Take part in Selma’s Civil War. Starting the last Thursday to the last Sunday in April, you can venture back to the 1860s. While watching the re-enactments of the war, enjoy present-day and 1860s style food, beverages, clothes, etc., along with tours, hands-on activities, and even a military ball.
–If you’re seeking a thrilling and ghost-filled trip, Old Cahaba is the place to be. Once known as the capital of Alabama, Old Cahaba is now known as “Alabama’s most famous Ghost Town.” Being a popular area until after the Civil War, this place now gets both dead and alive visitors!
–Looking to tighten up on your history? Selma is home to the largest Alabama historic district. Located here, of course, is the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge, as seen in the movie Selma, but also found here is the Brown Chapel AME Church, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Street Historic Walking Tour. Selma has many other attractions, such as the Old Depot Museum, Selma Art Guild Gallery, and the Old Live Oak Cemetery. There’s fun for all ages.
–Lastly, the culture and ambiance. By being a part of history in so many ways, Selma is able to take you a step back in time, even with all the modern-day inventions. Hearing the sounds of gospel, blues, country and jazz, you can drive around to see the antebellum mansions and the past that lives alongside the beautiful scenery.
Looking for some fun for the family? Selma has it. Looking for a thrill and excitement? Selma has it. Looking to learn history? Selma has more than enough of that too!