Selma is a quiet town located in the heart of the Alabama 'Black Belt,' so named for both its dark, high-quality soil and a large population of African Americans. It's most well known for Bloody Sunday: March 7, 1965. The media captured state troopers and deputies beating and gassing African Americans and white sympathizers near the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
Looking at this quiet collection of homes, trees and residential lanes, it's hard to appreciate at first blush how important the city of Tuskegee has been to African American history. This town gave the USA one of its greatest educators, Booker T. Washington, who turned the Tuskegee Normal School for Colored Teachers into the Tuskegee Institute, and later, Tuskegee University.