The Guide:



The Selma, Alabama Historical District

Selma, Alabama Edmund Pettus BridgeSelma Historical District is a jewel in the Black Belt. The prairielands that enriched the early generations of cotton growing Alabamians are filled with exquisite mansions still standing after the burning of the town during the Civil War. The city proudly promotes the struggle for voting rights that took place in the 1960s.

On a bluff high above the rolling waters of the Alabama River is Selma, which is home to more than 1,200 historic structures.  There are century-old buildings that warehoused cotton and Civil War munitions, and nearby, the ghostly remains of the state’s first permanent capital, Cahawba.

National Voting Rights Museum
The Museum is located near the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and is an exceptional record of events and stories of participants that made Civil Rights history.  Experience the history then stroll up Historic Water Avenue for a walk across the bridge that has become a symbol of monumental changes in civil and voting rights in America.

Old Depot Museum
Artifacts from pre-history Indian days through the Voting Rights era are showcased in this interesting interpretive history museum.  Visit the Civil War room, Black Heritage wing, and military room (pre WWI – Persian Gulf).  See the Victorian firehouse and antique rail cars on display – 4 Martin Luther King Street – (334) 874-2197.

Sturdivant Hall
This 1863 10-room museum mansion is considered on of the finest Greek Revival Neo-Classical antebellum structures in the Southeast.  Visit the gift shop and formal garden.  Also visit the White-Force Cottage next door, home of Clem White and his wife, Martha.  Ms. White was Mary Todd Lincoln’s half sister.  713 Mabry Street.

Vaughan-Smitherman Museum
This museum building has served many purposes since 1847 - - Confederate hospital, county courthouse, Presbyterian school and modern-day Vaughan Hospital.  It houses treasures from the Wilby Theatre, Civil War munitions, hospital memorabilia, military uniforms and railroad exhibits.  It is the headquarters for Selma’s Historic Pilgrimage and Antique Show and Sale held annually.  109 Union Street. 334-874-2174.