Several Battle of Selma historic markers have been installed around town
in recent weeks, and more will be erected before April's 150th anniversary
of one of the last battles of the War Between the States.
This marker is located at the St. James Hotel and tells the story
of its occupation by Union Gen. James H. Wilson. The hotel, known back then
as The Gee House Hotel, was managed by Benjamin Sterling Turner,
a slave who was freed after the battle and went on to become
the first African American U.S. congressman from Alabama.
Turner is buried in Old Live Oak Cemetery.
The cemetery will open Saturday evening during Spring Pilgrimage
for "ghost tours" as its residents tell their stories.
Also, visitors can follow the battle trail via these signs.
Linking to Signs, Signs