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History / FactsOn May 1, 1867, lots were sold around a newly established station on the North Carolina Railroad. From those lots, the town was built and considered a railroad town for many decades. Selma was officially chartered as a town on February 11, 1873. The town recently renovated its 1924 passenger depot, which has Amtrak service. The town is also home to the Mitchener Station, which was built in 1855 and is thought to be the oldest surviving train station in North Carolina. After Interstate 95 was built in the late 1950s, the town experienced growth due to its location next to the interstate. Today, there are many hotels and restaurants located in the area thanks to the traffic from I-95.The Downtown Selma Historic District, Noah Edward Edgerton House, Richard B. Harrison School, Nowell-Mayerburg-Oliver House, William E. Smith House, Everitt P. Stevens House, Selma Union Depot, and West Selma Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Links - Town of Selma Website - Johnston County Visitors BureauCensus Information -cities/selma-nc-population


/tiles/non-collection/o/oh_evnt_cr_selma_bridge_lc.xml Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Protestors successfully cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, on March 21, 1965, after two failed attempts earlier in the month. They eventually traveled by foot to the state capital, Montgomery.At Jackson's memorial service, James Bevel of the SCLC suggested organizing a march to the state capital in Montgomery to demand equal treatment under the law and force Alabama Governor George Wallace to address the rampant injustice.12 The march that developed from Bevel's idea became the brutal trip across the Edmund Pettus Bridge two weeks later on March 7, 1965, known as "Bloody Sunday." Two days after that, on March 9th, civil rights leaders organized a second protest they called "Turnaround Tuesday," which ended with Dr. King leading 1,500 demonstrators across the Pettus Bridge for a prayer before turning around to avoid a repeat of Bloody Sunday. 041b061a72


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