- Historic Sites
National Voting Rights Museum
This museum, located at the scene of the "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama, commemorates that historic moment in the Civil Rights Movement.
Located in the historic district of Selma, Alabama at the foot of the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge, the scene of "Bloody Sunday," the Museum is the cornerstone of the contemporary struggle for voting rights and human dignity. It opened its doors in 1993 as a permanent memorial to the struggle to obtain voting rights for disenfranchised African Americans. The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve and display artifacts and exhibits, which document and portray the history of voting rights in America.
Among the many historical exhibits, visitors will get a taste of artifacts as they are taken through the "Footprints to Freedom" room. This room includes molded cast footprints of many who marched from Selma to Montgomery. The "Selma Room," also known as the "Marie Foster" room is where visitors view such items as voting records, worn clothes of persons beaten during the march as well as a host of photos. The Women's Suffrage Room houses the largely unknown contributions of African American women who secured the voting rights for half the population. The Living History Exhibit is dedicated to those who participated in the voting rights activity in Alabama, while an "I Was There" wall exhibit allows Museum visitors to contribute historical notes that echo their particular involvement. Serving over 1,000,000 people since its inception, these graphic visual exhibits document the struggles and triumphs of African Americans on the journey toward freedom for all Americans.