National Historic Landmark Plaque Unveiled for Edmund Pettus Bridge

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By George McDonald

From the West Alabama Newsroom--  U.S. Park Service officials unveil a plaque designating the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma as a National Historic Landmark.

A ceremony was held at the foot of the bridge Monday morning.

The Edmund Pettus Bridge is the site where Alabama State Troopers attacked a group of voting rights marchers in 1965.

The bridge was officially designated a National Historic Landmark about a year ago.

"This is in the American story this is one of the most important stories that this country has," said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis.

"The fact that we're willing as a nation, as a people to remember and celebrate and also take it as a launch point to be a better people is why the Edmund Pettus Bridge is so important."

The bridge joins Brown Chapel AME Church as the only National Historic Landmarks in Selma.

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