When you visit Selma, don't miss the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum
that is housed in the Joseph T. Smitherman Historic Building.
Located at the end of Alabama Avenue a few blocks off Broad Street,
the 1847 structure built by Masons has housed schools, hospitals,
a courthouse and now a museum. Each of the three floors is dedicated
to different exhibits with the first housing civil war, slavery and Wilby Theatre
artifacts. The second floor has a replica of longtime Mayor Smitherman's office
and other civic rooms, and the third is set up for hospital memorabilia.
Columns from the old Hotel Albert are preserved in an outdoor courtyard,
and there are walkways and a fountain. The building is often used
for weddings, receptions and other events.