Monday, March 1, 2010

March Theme Day (Passageway)


How many people have passed this way and trod these steps?

This early 1900's "Free Classic" Victorian home has been owned by several different families, including the Walter Ellwangers. Ellwanger arrived in Selma in 1945 with his wife and three sons. He came to minister to the African-American community and become president of the former Alabama Lutheran Academy and College (now Concordia.) During that time, the family supplemented its income by renting rooms at the top of the stairs to teachers at Albert G. Parrish High School (now Selma High.) Later, Ellwanger was asked by other local ministers to provide shelter for a young Episcopal seminarian, Jonathan Daniels. The rest of that story is included in civil rights history books.

The PEW House is among nine homes that will be on tour during Selma's 35th Historic Pilgrimage.

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12 comments:

Lois said...

What a beautiful old place!

Jacob said...

Fascinating commentary and the photo is quite dramatic, capturing well the patina of age and use!

Mo said...

What a wonderful old place. Very interesting history I look forward to more of the places you are going to visit.

Leif Hagen said...

That's a great wooden passageway with lots of history and character!

Hilda said...

I've always been fascinated by these stairs that split after the landing. It has always seemed such a luxury because of the additional space they need. Lovely window at the landing, and what a very interesting history!

bfarr said...

That is one beautiful stained glass window at the top of the stairs.

ConstanceB. said...

ooohhh... beautiful. Old and beautiful.

J Bar said...

Good passageway.
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Kate said...

Wouldn't I love to be on that house tour!

Rose said...

I really like this shot, I just hope everyone enlarges it.

Kelly K said...

Can you please tell me how to participate int he Monthly Theme Days? I have been away for awhile and want to start posting more regularly - thanks! Kelly
www.nundadailyphoto.blogspot.com
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Rambling Round said...

Hi Kelly, You just login on the CDPB, and I think either go to theme days under Home or to the Theme Day listing under Forums. I had a hard time finding it for this month myself.