Thursday, March 25, 2010

Day 4: Selma and Birmingham, AL

We visited a really historic church where the march from Selma to Birmingham started. It was this church where protesters gathered to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday. The Curator, Mrs. Joanne, was a pretty interesting person. She had walked the lines on Bloody Sunday and protested police brutality. 

The two monuments in front of the church.

We also visited a cemetery... randomly

The group in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge

After leaving Selma we drove for an hour to Birmingham Alabama. We visited the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute which was the most amazing museum I've seen on the trip so far. The museum was very well done and had a lot of interesting information. I really enjoyed the several timelines they had which followed the events in the civil rights movement and events around the US. It was really interesting to see how key events around the world and the US had intertwined with the American Civil Rights Movement.

After a whole day on the bus and in museums, the group felt a little restless. We all got out of the bus to do the electric shuffle. 

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