The Selma to Montgomery Marches

Established by Congress in 1996, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail commemorates the people, events, and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama. Led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Black and White non-violent supporters fought for the right to vote in Central Alabama. Today, you can connect with this history and trace the events of these marches along the 54-mile trail.

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Learn about the Historic Trail

Find out more information about the creation of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail & Interpretive Centers.

Martin Luther King Jr. and a large group of others march during the Selma to Montgomery marches
The Fight for Voting Rights in Alabama

Learn about the history, places, and stories that influenced the marches, and ultimately, the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Marchers at the Alabama State Capitol on the final day of the Selma to Montgomery marches
Follow the Route of the Marches

Immerse yourself in the stories and events that were transformative for the Voting Rights Movement in Alabama.

The Selma to Montgomery Historic Route sign at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge
Explore More Than The Visitor Centers

Read about instrumental places during the Civil Rights Movement in Central Alabama, historically and currently.

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Reserve Your Group Visit

Make a reservation for your group to visit one or all of our visitor centers

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Multimedia Presentations

Watch our short film "The Way to Freedom" about the Selma Movement which tells the story through the words of local community members.

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Volunteer with the Trail

Learn more about volunteer opportunities on the trail with all divisions.

Last updated: March 9, 2024

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