Selma Interpretive Center

2 Broad Street

Friday and Saturday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Selma Interpretive Center serves as a welcome center for the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail and is located at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Visitors can explore exhibits and a bookstore dedicated to telling the story of the voting rights movement. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail was established by Congress in 1996, to honor the events, people, and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March. The March route is a component of the National Trails System, and is administered by the National Park Service (NPS).  Park rangers will answer questions and guide you through the points of interest.

The Selma Interpretive Center is located at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and was expanded just last year. It is a wonderful place to visit before walking the bridge. Inside you will find videos, exhibits and a small bookstore. We suggest you start on the third floor with a 25-minute video where you can see the people of the movement and hear their voices. The video is engaging and will give you a better understanding of the historical significance of this major event in American and civil rights history.  The new exhibits feature a display with information about Bloody Sunday that sits right next to a window through which the Edmund Pettus Bridge can be seen. Artifacts displayed include a coat that was worn on Bloody Sunday, a badge that Sheriff Jim Clark gave his deputies during the movement and the Congressional Gold Medal the foot soldiers from Bloody Sunday were awarded in 2016.

Photo by Spider Martin

The Selma Interpretive Center for the Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail  is housed in this renovated 1880 building on the corner of Broad Street and Water Avenue.  Formerly People’s Bank & Trust, the structure’s Italianate style is demonstrated by the arched windows and curved corner. Originally, it also had a two-story, wraparound cast-iron gallery.  After housing numerous businesses including a hardware store, law offices and insurance offices, boards were removed from the windows in 2010 for its renovation as the regional civil rights visitor center operated by the National Park Service.

The museum is located at the base of the Edmund Pettus bridge.  You will want to walk across that iconic bridge and feel the history of those who crossed before you.