Suffering for Suffrage
From Sea to Shining Sea, Day 6: Montgomery, AL to Demopolis, AL
|KING'S STATEMENT INSPIRED MAYA LIN'S USE OF WATER IN HER DESIGN.|
|A GROUP OF SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE STRUGGLE FOR BASIC RIGHTS.|
|INDIVIDUALS WHO TAKE THE PLEDGE CAN ADD THEIR NAMES TO THE WALL. (Photo from SPLC web site)|
|JOHN LEWIS (foreground) IS BEATEN BY A STATE TROOPER. (Photo by AP)|
With support for the movement growing, federal authorities stepped in when state officials continued to deny protesters their right to peacefully assemble. A federal judge lifted an injunction against the proposed Selma to Montgomery march, and President Johnson sent national guard and military troops to protect the marchers along the route.
Driving the route between Selma and Montgomery has been on our list for some time. Visiting the places where Americans suffered such bigotry and brutality just for trying to exercise their right to vote stirred deep emotions and reminded us that these acts of tremendous courage and sacrifice must not be forgotten.
From Selma, we drove 50 miles west on US-80 to Demopolis, AL, where we decided to spend the night. The city has some interesting historical sights to explore tomorrow and we couldn't resist an opportunity to visit our nephew and his family who live just outside town.
FRIDAY, 18 NOVEMBER 2016
• Miles driven: 140 (985 total)
• Weather: 45° to 78°, clear
• Letterboxes: none today
• Walked: 2.4 miles (14.2 total)
• States: AL
• Counties: 6
• Towns: 9
• Gas: $2.399/gallon (premium) in Selma, AL
• Cows! 62 (D) to 41 (K)
• Hay bales: 11,834
• Trees with Spanish moss: 9,412
Loved: Having the opportunity to travel the route where seminal events of American history occurred.
Lacking: Gaining a better understanding of what people endured to obtain their right to vote spotlights the tragedy of almost half of America's eligible voters neglecting to go to the polls in our recent presidential election.
Learned: Though we were familiar with the factual history of the voting rights movement, actually visiting the sights connected us with the emotional history.
More Photos from Today
|TODAY A PLAQUE HONORS THOSE DENIED ACCESS TO THEIR OWN CAPITOL IN 1965.|
|LIKE THE VIETNAM WALL, THE MEMORIAL INVITES TOUCHING OF THE NAMES.|
|FOR A PLACE OF SUCH PAIN, THE EDMUND PETTIS BRIDGE IS STRANGELY BEAUTIFUL.|
|MOSS-DRAPED TREES HAUNT THE OLD LIVE OAK CEMETERY.|
|OLD LIVE OAK CEMETERY IS LISTED ON THE NATIONAL HISTORIC REGISTER.|
|BUILT IN 1847 FOR $15,000, THE SMITHERMAN BUILDING HAS SERVED AS A SCHOOL, HOSPITAL, COURTHOUSE AND MUSEUM.|