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January 17, 2010


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Hi Sallie. Thanks for visiting my Selma blog. Glad you enjoyed your visit here, but after reading this post about your impression of the former visitor center, I can assure you that the owner had no intention to slight Selma's civil rights history in any way. I frequently visited the center as editor of Selma Showcase Magazine (published by the visitor center's owner), and there were brochures available as well as Selma Showcase Magazine that covered both civil war and civil rights history and more! However, the center did depend upon the Chamber of Commerce to send brochures, and sometimes the supply may have been low. It was standard for the owner and employees/volunteers to tell a bit about Selma's history, especially civil war and civil rights. There were maps available where they circled the historic sites and then gave the map to the visitors. As background, the visitor center was opened in 1987 by a retired businessman (and Chamber of Commerce executive) and his wife. They saw the need for a visitor center at Selma's busiest intersection, so they purchased the house and fixed up the front rooms as an information center/souvenir shop/bookstore. Many people (more than 15,000 in the early 2000's) stopped there for directions, souvenirs, books and to inquire about places to eat or sleep. The owners manned it daily from 8 a.m. til 8 p.m. After the owner could no longer operate the center due to health reasons, I started the Selma, Ala., Daily Photo Blog primarily as a tribute to him and to show him how many "visitors" Selma drew from around the world via the Internet. After his death in 2007, the Chamber of Commerce operated a temporary center at the library. Then, earlier this year, a new center opened downtown. It doesn't have all the souvenirs or regional books that the old one had, but it is very attractive and manned by a diverse group of citizens. So, the next time you visit, I hope you will stop by there!


I have to say that I am absolutely shocked at your post. I worked for the Selma Visitor's Center from 2003-06 and always recommended people see the historical sites of the Civil Rights movement and the Voting Rights Museum. I wonder who you saw that day.

Chatty Crone

I was a little girl in Atlanta when he was buried. A sad day for sure. He had a great dream. Sandie

Lady Fi

THanks for sharing this inspirational post!


Thank you for visiting my blog. Yours is very interesting.
Sometimes or oftentimes in history the small things are taken for granted when in fact they mean a lot.
Thanks for sharing a piece of history in your blog.

Margot  at Joyfully Retired

Excellent post. This is going on the List of Places Yet To See. I never thought there would be a special museum but now I want to see it. I'm also shocked at the attitude of the Visitor's Center people. We always try to stop at those centers too as it's a good way to get the feel of a place. Based on your experience in Selma, I'd say not all Visitor Centers are equally as good or true. Sad.

Happily Retired Gal

Timely post for this holiday. I've not visited Selma since the summer of 1966 when my sister and I took a 3 month road trip together around the United States so I enjoyed your photos and information. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs and blessings,


What an interesting post and also shocking to read that in 2005 the Selma visitor center was evasive about the important black history that took place right there in their city.

Thank you for this post.


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