“Where the Selma-to-Montgomery March began”
Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church is a church in Selma, Alabama, United States. This church was a starting point for the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and, as the meeting place and offices of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the Selma Movement, played a major role in the events that led to the adoption of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The nation's reaction to Selma's "Bloody Sunday" march is widely credited with making the passage of the Voting Rights Act politically viable in the United States Congress.It was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on June 16, 1976 and later declared a National Historic Landmark on February 4, 1982.See alsoList of National Historic Landmarks in AlabamaSelma 2015 filmNational Voting Rights Museum
Please do not let the poor communities and underprivileged areas in Selma stop you from visiting. The history in this place is worth any amount of discomfort. Brown Chapel AME is located directly in front of a housing project. Standing there in front of the church is a feeling like no other. You can feel the bravery and courage. I urge you, do not just drive by and take a quick photo because you feel the neighborhood is sketchy, get out, say hello to the locals and show your respects to the lives lost here in Selma, its worth it.
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