Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

The Hill: Alabama Democrat decries move to rename Selma's civil rights bridge

Jun 4, 2015
In The News

An Alabama Democrat is condemning the move to rename Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, a powerful emblem of the civil rights movement.

Pettus was a Confederate Civil War general and a leader of the Ku Klux Klan. The Alabama senate voted Wednesday to scrub his name from the structure — the site of 1965's "Bloody Sunday" — and rename it the Journey to Freedom Bridge.

But Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) said Thursday that the push is misguided, arguing that "the historical irony" of having a Pettus’s name attached to a symbol of expanded civil rights "is an integral part of the complicated history of Selma."

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