With the UK release of the film Selma this Friday all eyes are on Alabama. But new and upcoming museums right across the American south are marking the half-century since the height of the Civil Rights movement
The population of the small town of Selma, Alabama, will swell fivefold when visitors arrive on 8 March to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, one of the most brutal episodes in America’s civil rights era.
They will march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where, on 7 March 1965, state troopers with truncheons and tear gas charged 600 non-violent protesters marching towards Montgomery, injuring more than 50 and leaving campaigner Amelia Boynton lying unconscious in the road. Television images of the events shocked the nation, prompted further marches in Selma led by Martin Luther King, and spurred the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965.