Old Depot Museum

Martin Luther King Street & Water Avenue

Friday and Saturday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Immerse yourself in Selma and Dallas County’s past with a visit to the Old Depot Museum.   The Old Depot Museum offers a window to Selma’s rich past. Journey from the town’s founding in 1820 through the Industrial Revolution and past the Voting Rights movement of 1965.

The Depot was built on the site of the Confederate Naval Foundry  which was destroyed by Federal troops during the Battle of Selma in 1865.  The red brick, stone trimmed building of Romanesque Revival architecture was built in 1891.  It is one of 12 railroad depots in the Southeast designated by Southern Living to be of architectural and historical importance.  The building now houses the Selma Dallas County Interpretive History Museum and Archives.   

The 1891 depot contains treasures from the heritage of Selma and the Black Belt offering a glimpse into their vibrant history. Artifacts contained within the structure represent more than 200 years of life in one of the South’s most famous cities.  Selma’s history begins when the land belonged to Native Americans.  Tools, weapons and other items from the daily lives of five tribes, as well as a bow and quiver from Indian hero Geronimo are on display.   Swords, pistols, muskets and munitions help depict the harsh realities of war. 

Photographs offer visitors a day-to-day glimpse into sharecropper life in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Dresses, parlor games, paper dolls and more serve as tangible reminders of life during this era.  Learn about local African-American pioneers and their contributions to business, religion and politics.  Climb aboard an authentic caboose, a reminder of the depot’s earlier days.  See the evolution of the fire engine starting with an 1856 horse-drawn steam fire pumper. 

Local authors will be present to talk about their recent books and their personal involvement with Selma’s history. Scheduled are Chief Henry E. Allen, Alston Fitts and Lynda Blackmon Lowery.








Author Talks, Book Signings and Southern Delicacies at the Old Depot During Pilgrimage

Chief Henry Allen, Friday and Saturday at 10:00, Marching through the Flame: The Children of Selma Marched Through the Flame and Did Not Burn 

Author Chief Henry E. Allen’s experiences from the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement to the horror of the Vietnam War are recounted with a searing simplicity that gives the truth of each event its own booming voice.  Following the young Allen through his childhood, adolescence, and adulthood in the rapidly changing world around him is like stepping into American history in a way you never have before.

Alston Fitts III, Friday and Saturday from 2-3, Selma: A Bicentennial History

Comprehensive, thoroughly researched, and nonpartisan, Fitts’s pleasantly accessible history addresses every major issue, movement, and trend from the city’s settlement in 1815 to the end of the twentieth century. Its commerce, institutions, governance, as well as its evolving racial, religious, and class composition are all treated with candor and depth. Selma’s transformative role within the state and the nation is fully explored, and most notable is a nuanced and complex discussion of race relations from the rise of the civil rights era to modern times.

Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Friday and Saturday from 10 – 12, Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March

As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed nine times before her fifteenth birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. for the rights of African-Americans.  Straightforward and inspiring, this beautifully illustrated memoir brings readers into the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. This award-winning book has also been turned into theater performances in multiple locations.

Chef Harry Dominick    Friday and Saturday from 2-3   Chef Dominick is the head chef for Edmundite Missions Enterprises.  They are selling Jams and Jellies, Nuts, Candy, Baked Goods and Gift Sets to help feed the poor. Offerings are unique, tasty, and made with the finest ingredients. They represent a “taste of the South” using local ingredients such as pecans and peaches.  100% of net proceeds are re-invested in feeding and serving the poorest of the poor in Selma, Alabama and surrounding rural areas.   https://www.edmunditemissionsenterprises.com/