Thursday, March 5, 2015

Signs, Signs (The New One at the Bridge)

People are already in town ahead of this weekend's big events.

These women from Atlanta took pictures of the Edmund Pettus Bridge
 and the brand-new sign just erected by the Alabama Tourism Department.
 The sign updates Selma's history to include not only the 50th anniversary
 of "Bloody Sunday"and date of the Voting Rights Act but the 2007 campaign visits
 by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton as well as the recent "Selma" movie.

Linking to Signs, Signs

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

H is for HEART and HOME

 ABC Wednesday is celebrating the letter H this week,
 and Willie Carlyle is a Selma native who moved 
up north at the age of 19, but his HEART was HERE,
 and he came HOME to retire.

I was taking pictures of renovations at the Old Depot Museum recently,
 and he appeared to be a tourist looking at Civil Rights displays
 when he mentioned that he was there!

He was there crossing the bridge on "Bloody Sunday"
and there on Highway 80 in the Selma-to-Montgomery March. 

"I was just 16 and a student at R.B. Hudson High School," he said,
 and was not hurt during the melee,
 "but I was chased by horses back across the bridge."

While his mother was treated for a long-term illness in an out-of-town facility,
 he lived with his aunt and her 10 children and spent some of his free time 
working as a delivery boy at Post Office Drugs. The owner helped him learn 
to drive and get his driver's license "so I could deliver medicines by car
 instead of by bike." He worked at a few other Selma businesses 
before moving to Michigan and getting a job with General Motors.
 There, he worked on an assembly line,
 became a team leader, troubleshooter and later an inspector.

 The plant closed just two years before he was due to retire, so he returned
 to Alabama and finished his automotive career in Tuscaloosa.
 He bought a house in Selma and later became a school bus driver.
 Now, he's really retired, he said, "and when I look back over my life,
 I realize that I have come a long way!" 

Linking to ABC Wednesday

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our World, Amphitheater

The amphitheater at Riverfront Park is almost finished!

The former warehouse anchors one side of the park that will include
 pavilions and playgrounds in the future.
 This photo is the view as seen from the Pettus Bridge.

Linking to Our World Tuesday

Monday, March 2, 2015

Selma Unity March

Hundreds of people from Selma's churches came together Sunday 
for the Selma Unity March (One Selma: Coming Home...United in Faith).

 They crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge from the Selmont side back into town
to symbolize that God is working to unify the city for His Kingdom.

 The 176-block quilt was made by various churches, organizations 
and individuals and will be on display at the public library.

 From the sounding of shofars to prayers of repentance 
and restoration, downtown Selma overflowed with enthusiasm. 

Please visit the Selma, Ala., Photo Facebook page for more pictures of this event.

Linking to Monday Murals

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Aging (City Daily Photo Theme Day)

Monuments in Old Live Oak Cemetery have been
 showing their ages for a long, long time! 

The Washington Smith marker may have a bit of tarnish,
 but his story still sparkles.
 Smith was a Selma banker, and before Yankee troops
 invaded town in April 1865, he hid the bank's gold in a column on his house.
 The downstairs was used to treat injured Union soldiers after the Battle of Selma,
 but during their stay they never found the bank's assets. When the Yankees
 were gone, the gold was retrieved by cutting a hole in the bottom of the column.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Walking the Bridge

People walking the bridge has become a common sight in Selma.

This photo was taken several weeks ago, long before the influx of visitors
 before the 50th year commemoration of the Selma/Montgomery
 Voting Rights Marches. Official events that include appearances 
by President Obama and his family
 and former President George W. Bush begin March 5.

 Already, related events are drawing tourists and media to town,
 and the standard media story is always a comparison of the Selma of the 1960s
 with the Selma of today. I just hope they come here with open minds
 and think of a few new angles for their articles!
 At least we will have spring-like temperatures for the beginning of next week!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Signs, Signs, 50th Anniversary

Next week will be huge for this town as thousands converge to commemorate 
the voting rights events of 1965. Already, lots of people are here, 
and many events are ongoing. Just yesterday it was announced
 that former President George W. Bush plans to attend. 

Linking to Signs, Signs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

G is for GROUP Project

Here is a GROUP project that would not have been accomplished 50 years ago,
 a Selma Unity Quilt that will be carried this Sunday, March 1
 in the United in Faith Unity Walk. 

The quilt was displayed Tuesday evening at Brown Chapel AME Church
 (where civil rights rallies and meetings were often held in 1965)
  during a meeting among ministers and lay people. The quilt
 features 176 squares from churches, individuals and businesses in Selma.
In the bottom photo, Dr. Jerry W. Light of Selma's First Baptist Church 
(Lauderdale Street) and Jwanda Maxwell of Brown Chapel AME Church,
 lead the GROUP to
 "Unite Selma, One Selma: Coming Home...United in Faith."

Linking to

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Signs, Signs, Arsenal Place Accelerator

 One of Selma's newest signs is the Arsenal Place Accelerator

Launched in early 2014, it is the first business incubator here,
 and several new businesses are growing there. 

Linking to Signs, Signs

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Selma's Two First Baptists

F is for FIRST as is Selma's two First Baptist churches, 

Both of these historic churches will be on tour for the FORTIETH Selma Pilgrimage
 March 20-21 as we commemorate the FIFTIETH anniversary
 of the Civil Rights Selma-to-Montgomery March and the 150th anniversary
 the Civil War's Battle of Selma.

Linking to ABC Wednesday where the letter this week is F


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