Tuesday, Aug 1, 2006
On August 25th, the Lowndes County Interpretive Center will officially open its doors to the public. The interpretive center is the first of three proposed along the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail. This NPS site is dedicated to those who peacefully marched 54 miles from Selma, Alabama, to the stateâs capitol in Montgomery in order to gain the right to vote.
This significant contribution to the trail will serve as a reservoir of information for the plethora of unfortunate yet significant events that occurred in Lowndes County during the march. The museum exhibits will interpret various events, including the confrontation of seminarian Jonathan Daniels; the slaying of Viola Liuzzo, a white woman who assisted the marchers by transporting them to Selma; and the establishment of âTent Cityâ, the temporary dwelling comprised of tents, cots, heaters, food, and water, which benefited families dislodged by white landowners in Lowndes County.
The $10 million structure was made possible through collaborative efforts between the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration and the Alabama Department of Transportation. In addition, advisory councils, community leaders and representatives were instrumental in the development of the interpretive center.
The grand opening event will feature music, food, museum exhibits, and storytelling. Visitors will also be given an opportunity to hear actual historic accounts of the many events that occurred during the historic march. Many of the descendants of those families who resided in Tent City will also be in attendance, where a special recognition will take place.
Various political figures, including U.S. senators and representatives and the director of the National Park Service Director have been invited to attend.
Visitors may take I- 65 South via Exit 15 towards Montgomery, merging onto U.S. 80 West via Exit 167 toward Selma, until reaching the interpretive center on the right.