Lonely Planet Writer

Selma expecting tourist boom for 50th anniversary of civil rights march

Selma movie poster.
Selma movie poster. Image by Elvert Barnes / CC BY-SA 2.0

Alabama tourist officials and people of the small town of Selma are gearing up for a tourist boom this spring, as the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches that took place there, as well as the Oscar-nominated film that tells the story, are expected to draw thousands of visitors. Over the first weekend of March around 40,000 people are expected to attend events commemorating the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’, when police used tear gas and clubs to quell a group of marchers seeking the right for blacks to vote. The events eventually led to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, meaning millions of blacks could enter polling stations. Visitors to Selma can visit key sights related to the marches as well as an interpretive center which tells the story through photographs and video interviews. Read more: skift.com