Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Fox 6 Birmingham: Strong opposition to renaming of Selma's historic Edmund Pettus Bridge

Jun 4, 2015
In The News

The Alabama Senate passed a resolution Wednesday that would rename Selma's infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that sparked a violent clash as police beat marchers. It is a symbol of what became known as "Bloody Sunday."

If given final approval, the bridge, named after Pettus - a Confederate general, U.S. Senator and member of the Ku Klux Klan - would be renamed the "Journey to Freedom" Bridge. State Senator Hank Sanders (D-Selma) told media that if the House passes the resolution and Governor Robert Bentley signs it, that's all that needs to be done to change the name. That may not necessarily be true, however.

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