HAYNEVILLE, AL –This week’s destination in the National Park Getaway series of travel articles, they are featuring the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. This magnificent Trail honors and tells the story of Americans whose passion for justice achieved a historic and long-overdue expansion of suffrage in our country during the 1960s. The right to vote is so basic in any democratic nation that it can be hard to believe that until quite recently, not every U.S. citizen age 18 or older enjoyed that right. Many democracies, including the United States, reached the point of universal suffrage only gradually.
Selma and Montgomery formed two nerve centers in the campaign for African American voting rights that unfolded in Alabama in 1965. Today, the national historic trail that connects the two cities likewise connects contemporary Americans to the men and women whose courage, conviction and suffering won the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965.
This week’s destination article familiarizes prospective visitors with things to see and do on the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. This destination is the 110th to be featured in the series. Happy 110th!
Check out and get more familiar with the Selma to Montgomery Trail and well as past archived articles at: www.nps.gov/getaways. It’s time to get out of the house and start exploring our National Parks this summer!