Selma to Montgomery March Byway

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Selma to Montgomery March Byway

Alabama

(334) 875-5894

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Overview

Journey through history along the trail that marks one of the major historic events in 20th-century American history, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Demonstrators marched between 7 and 17 miles per day, camping by night in fields owned by supporters and being entertained by celebrities such as Harry Belafonte and Lena Horne. On the final day the number of marchers rose from 300 to 25,000 as the assembled crowd finally approached the steps of the Montgomery Capitol, where King delivered a stirring speech, proclaiming, "The end is to seek a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man." Retrace the steps of these civil rights pioneers along the Selma to Montgomery March Byway.

Map of Selma to Montgomery March Byway

Latitude, Longitude: 32.266233, -86.679382

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Travel the 54-mile route taken by crowds of civil rights activists in 1965, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Numerous landmarks along the way celebrate the bravery of those marchers and how they helped achieve voting rights for African Americans.

  • Historic Sites

    Travel the 54-mile route taken by crowds of civil rights activists in 1965, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Numerous landmarks along the way celebrate the bravery of those marchers and how they helped achieve voting rights for African Americans. Be sure to check out the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute in Selma for a history of the struggle for voting rights throughout the nation's history.

Seasonality/Weather

The byway is open all year, but Martin Luther King, Jr. day is, of course, the most popular day to explore the byway.

Directions

Driving

From Birmingham to Selma

Take I-20/59 west. Merge onto I-65 south towards Montgomery. Turn onto CR-42 going west. Follow CR-42 as it merges with US-31. From US-31 north, turn onto AL-191 west. Follow AL-191 and merge onto AL-22. Stay on AL-22 until you reach Selma where the byway begins. From Birmingham to Montgomery

Take I-20 west/I-59 south. Merge onto I-65 south towards Montgomery. Stay on I-65 south until you reach the south end of Montgomery where the byway begins at the Selma Hwy.

Flying

The closest major airport is in Montgomery. A variety of car rental agencies is available.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(334) 875-5894

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