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Publisher Pam Mashburn

Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sheryl Smedley

Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce Director of Tourism Jill Anderson

Editor Jennifer Kornegay

Art Director

Welcome to the Queen City! Start your stay with us with a visit to The Selma Welcome Center. The Center has all the information you need to explore the area’s wonderful collection of attractions. Pick up brochures on each of our museums, our self-guided tours including Selma’s Windshield Tour, Selma’s Ghost Tour, Old Live Oak Cemetery Tour and a walking tour of historic downtown Selma. Be sure to sign our visitor’s book and ask the staff about some of their favorite spots. You’ll discover that there is something for everyone in Selma, Alabama. 132 Broad Street, Open Mon-Fri from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Centre for Commerce is also able to provide information and maps. Open Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at 912 Selma Avenue. For more information call 334-874-4764.

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Photography Carter Photography & Design Janet Gresham, Cunningham Group, Mary Jane Moore, Tammy Sims The Selma Visitor Guide 2013 is published by exploreMedia for Selma-Dallas County Tourism. All information is subject to change. For advertising information, editorial questions or comments, please contact:

exploreMedia 7956 Vaughn Rd #331, Montgomery AL 36116 (334) 201-8787 • Copyright 2013 exploreMedia and Selma-Dallas County Tourism. All rights reserved. The Selma Visitor Guide 2013 is distributed in hotels, attractions and welcome centers across the state. For additional visitor information, please contact: Selma-Dallas County Tourism 912 Selma Avenue, Selma, AL 36701 334-875-7241 • 1-800-45-SELMA (73562) Fax 334-875-8453 Cover Photo by Carter Photography & Design 02-13; 20M


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Welcome to Selma


Civil War


Calendar of Events


Shopping Selma Style


Eat & Drink


Outdoor Adventures


See & Do


Arts & Architecture


Civil Rights


Culture & Community


Map & Walking Tours


Selma Hotels

Things We Love About Selma

Selma is the Old South with a new attitude. History lives on almost every corner, and while the city is anchored by its past, it’s also focused on the future, celebrating its heritage, its architecture, its arts and culture, and its natural beauty and sharing it all with you. Confederate Chronicles

Selma was one of the major munitions manufacturers for the Confederacy in the Civil War making it a prime Union target and the location of some serious battles.

Street Scenes

throughout the city, most still in use today. Take a self-guided tour (booklet available at The Welcome Center). And find glory, humor and pathos in the stories told by gravestones at Old Live Oak Cemetery.

Civil Rights Stories

All along Historic Water Avenue, you’ll find sites of significance to both the Civil War and The Civil Rights Movement, including the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge and the beginning of the Selma to Montgomery Trail, the Songs of Selma Park and the Bridge Tender’s House.

A century after the Civil War, Selma made history again as the site of some of the most infamous events in the Civil Rights Movement including “Bloody Sunday” and the successful Selma-to-Montgomery March, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Bigger & Better

With more than a century of history predating the Civil War, Selma has more than its fair share of historic sites that are also haunted. View 13 Dallas County sites on the Alabama Ghost Trail and take the self-guided Ghost Tour available at the Welcome Center. And if you visit in late October, participate in the Haunted History Tour weekend featuring Selma and Old Cahawba. But don’t get too frightened. While their tales may send a shiver up your spine, Selma’s “ghosts” are all friendly.

Take the “Windshield Tour” (available at The Welcome Center) through Selma’s Old Town Historic District and view over 1,250 designated historic structures in the state’s largest contiguous Historic District.

Holy Ground

Some of the loveliest examples of Selma’s architectural variety and skill can be observed in the many old churches scattered

Haunts & Haints

Outdoor Adventures

Sitting on the banks of the Alabama River and surrounded by forests and fields teeming with wildlife, Selma offers an abundance of outdoor activities, including hunting and fishing opportunities to fulfill any sportsman’s dreams. Try your luck at the Dallas County State Public Fishing Lake, a 100-acre gem offering excellent fishing year round.

Farm Freshness

Get it while it’s good! Delicious, healthy, homegrown fruits and veggies are for sale every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from early May until the end of December at the Farmer’s Market at Bloch Park.

Soaring Artistry

Selma was declared the Butterfly Capital of Alabama in 1982, and the many fivefoot butterflies all around town honor this fact. The butterflies were decorated by over 40 local artists, and each different winged work of art reflects the artist’s and sponsors’ individual imaginations.

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One new player FREE Play offer per guest. Management reserves all rights Must be 21 to participate See THE Club for details

DIRECTIONS FROM SELMA: Take I-65 N. Take Exit 168. Merge onto AL-21 N. Take the Service Road ramp to East Blvd. N. Turn right onto Wares Ferry Rd. Turn left to stay on Wares Ferry Rd. Turn left onto Dozier Rd. Turn left onto Eddie L. Tullis Rd.




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March Bridge Crossing Jubilee Held the first full weekend of every March to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” the March from Selma-to-Montgomery and the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. ArtsRevive Annual Art Show Juried art show featuring Alabama artists. Historic Selma Pilgrimage Visit one of Alabama’s oldest towns to see sites rarely open to the public. Guides dressed in period costumes lead tours through homes, museums and more in the state’s largest historic district. Experience hands-on history tours through a post-Civil War foundry, an 1861 gristmill, art shows and unique Selma products.

Alabama River Chili Cookoff Taste the chili and celebrate with a community committed to helping local charities at this annual event held on Historic Water Avenue.

April Battle of Selma Re-Enactment Four-day event with living history tours, battle re-enactments along with a camp dance and Grand Military Ball with period dress.

May Streetfest Celebrate “all things Alabama” with music, art and food. Sponsored by the local art community with “hands-on” activities and local, handcrafted art. Music performed by local colleges and symphonies.


rare mix of truth and dreams.

Juneteenth Celebrate Emancipation Day with food and music. Sponsored by the National Voting Rights Museum.

Haunted History Tours Experience moonlit “hauntings” of Old Cahawba and other historical sites and hear stories of Civil War soldiers and residents of Selma.



Sturdivant Hall Barbeque on the Green

October Central Alabama Fair Riverfront Market Day Festive occasion with Dixieland music and attractive displays of handmade crafts and the tempting aromas of regional food specialties. Tale Tellin’ Festival From tall tales to historical happenings, from ghost stories to mountain legends, from folklore to modern fables, the Festival offers a

Kenan’s Mill Festival Celebration of rural life and traditions in the Black Belt of Alabama. West Dallas Antique Tractor, Car, Gas Engine & Craft Show Great family fun featuring vintage tractors and antique cars, wagon rides, music, crafts, horseshoes and more.

December Selma Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Holiday Festival

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Ev Marie’s Cupcakery

Side porch Sandwiches & Pub

Grab a handful of yum and indulge in the ultimate cupcake experience at EV Marie’s Cupcakery. Swirls of creamy frosting, fresh cake and fanciful decorations combine to create a treat that’s pretty and pretty tasty! Whether it is for a birthday, a wedding or just an ordinary day, EV Marie’s creates delicious cupcakes for any occasion. Visit EV Marie’s Cupcakery today and enjoy a couple or an entire dozen gourmet cupcakes.

Journey to exotic India with just one bite of the Naan Chicken sandwich from Side Porch Sandwiches. Everything at Side Porch is crafted with the best and freshest ingredients, and the Naan Chicken sandwich is no exception. Fluffy, slightly chewy Naan flatbread surrounds savory, warm grilled chicken. A flavorful, spicy dipping sauce and cool, creamy sour cream add the perfect finishing touches. Add a side of thick-cut sweet potato fries, and you’ve got a great meal.

New Orleans Bar & Grill Enjoy all the ambiance and delicious food that New Orleans is known for in Selma at this restaurant that’s cooking up the best the Big Easy has to offer and more. Steaks, seafood (including fresh oysters) and a wide variety of pastas keep the dining room packed, but the signature dish, Crawfish Nachos, is the true standout. Crunchy garlic-herb tortilla chips are layered with fried crawfish and then topped with a tomato, onion and banana pepper salsa with cheddar cheese melted over it all.


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Casually Upscale New Orleans Bar & Grill H 8 Mulberry Rd 334-874-6400

Oasis Steakhouse & Grill H 1629 W Highland Ave 334-526-2601

The Sandbar 1 Marina Drive 334-877-1444


Golden China


SONIC Drive In H

Golden Ranch BBQ

128 Broad St 334-872-2778

1401 Highland Ave 334-872-8351

2407 N Broad St 334-875-2594


Southern Deli

2003 W Highland Ave 334-874-1777

Hancock’s BBQ H 72 County Rd 46 334-872-5541

Hickory Pit 1700 Selma Ave 334-874-9950

Lannie’s BBQ Spot

Fast Food All-In-One-Shop 3000 Earl Goodwin Pkwy 334-874-7002

Burger King 312 Highland Ave 334-874-8300

1806 W. Dallas Ave 334-872-2488

Kentucky Fried Chicken H 1326 E Highland Ave 334-872-7513

McDonalds 600 Highland Ave 334-874-9122

1391 E Highland Ave 334-872-1242

Subway 1342 Highland Ave 334-874-9471 1909 W Dallas Ave 334-872-9222 3057 Hwy 80 E 334-875-5095 2530 Hwy 80 W 334-874-8764

St. James Hotel H

2115 Minter Ave 334-874-4478

1200 Water Ave 334-872-3234

Lannie’s BBQ

1516 W Highland Ave 334-872-7000

205 Medical Ctr Pkwy 334-872-8573

Central Park USA

Pete’s Famous Franks

1376 Highland Ave 334-875-9551

1611 Broad St 334-872-5557

303 Highland Ave 334-872-6034

Church’s Fried Chicken

Popeye’s Chicken


1208 Broad St 334-877-1129

1221 Highland Ave 334-877-0681

Crown Chicken

Buffalo Street

806 Broad St 334-874-4095

1332 E Highland Ave 334-877-3434

Side Porch Sandwiches & Pub 1124 Water Ave 334-872-8600

Tally-Ho H 509 Mangum Ave 334-872-1390

The Vineyard 1005 Water Ave 334-877-1111

Chinese China Star 1798 Hwy 14 E 334-875-3603

China Wok 1374 Highland Ave 334-872-8848

Captain D’s H

Mr. Waffle 1518 W Highland Ave 334-874-7600

Taco Bell H

405 Highland Ave 334-875-5194

Zaxby’s H 618 Highland Ave 334-872-6591

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Pizza Hut

Downtowner Restaurant

208 Highland Ave 334-875-7707

El Ranchero

1114 Selma Ave 334-875-5933

Taylor’s Restaurant

113 Broad St 334-872-6013

307 Highland Ave 334-875-6700

Meat & Three

Steak Pit

Historic Selma Inn

Cecil Jackson Bypass 334-872-5482

1710 W Highland Ave 334-872-0461


Southern Girls

1900 W Dallas Ave 334-418-0560

2808 Citizens Pkwy 334-874-0090

Selma Convenience Store


1809 Selma Ave 334-877-4531

Domino’s Pizza H


1809 W Highland Ave 334-875-8060

Little Caesars 1330 E Highland Ave 334-874-1298

Papa John’s Pizza 210 Highland Ave 334-875-7771

H Chamber Member

Mark’s Mart H 1022 County Rd 44 334-872-3003

The Coffee Shoppe H 308 Broad Street 334-878-2739

EvMarie’s Cupcakery H 538 Washington Street 334-526-2711

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The places and landmarks in Selma with architectural significance are too numerous to list here, but we’ve highlighted a few of the best. To see and learn more, ask for the complete self-guided Architecture & History tour booklet at the Selma Welcome Center. 132 Broad Street 334-874-4764

• Butler Truax Jewelers

• Heritage Village

• Brownstone Manor

• Henderson House

• Weaver-Hooper House

• Sturdivant Hall

• Brown Chapel A.M.E.

The St. James Hotel on Water Avenue, where infamous outlaw and gunslinger Jesse James once stayed, was built in 1837. It is the only existing example of early river hotels in the state and the oldest still standing in Selma. Jesse James had a special booth that was always reserved for him in the hotel’s restaurant.

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Tues - Sat 9a.m.-4p.m. Closed Monday Guided Tours and Event Rental Available


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Old Cahawba 9518 Cahaba Road 334-872-8058

Old Cahawba, right outside Selma, is a real ghost town with mysterious ruins, natural beauty, and a haunted reputation. Once Alabama’s state capital (1820-1826), later a Civil War prison, Cahawba is now a park where professional archaeologists are uncovering long buried secrets. Visitors can explore miles of abandoned streets, ruins, cemeteries and river views. This outdoor adventure begins at the visitor center where free explorer guides and bicycles are available. Visitor Center hours: noon to 5 pm daily. Group wagon tours by appointment.

Brown Chapel AME Church and King Monument

Old Depot Museum 4 Martin Luther King St 334-874-2197

See artifacts and exhibits from the Civil War through Civil Rights history. Open Mon-Fri, 10- 4pm. Group Tours Sat by appointment. Admission charged.

Old Live Oak Cemetery

410 Martin Luther King St 334-874-7897

Highway 22 W/West Dallas Ave

Visit the headquarters for the 1965 voting rights marches.

Discover the monuments to Vice President William Rufus King and Congressman Benjamin Sterling Turner.

Historic Water Avenue

Old Town Historic District

View the world-famous Edmund Pettus Bridge and Songs of Selma Park at the corner of Water and Broad overlooking the Alabama River. Visit the bridge tender’s house, Mini Mall and Lafayette Park at the corner of Water and Washington. Pause at Bienville Park at the corner of Water and Lauderdale. There are several antebellum structures and Civil War and Civil Rights markers.

View up to 1,250 structures dating from 1820s. Printed tour maps are available at the Centre for Commerce.


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National Voting Rights Museum & Institute 6 Hwy. 80 E 334-418-0800

View memorabilia honoring the attainment of Voting Rights. Mon-Fri, 10-4pm; Sat, 10-2pm; Sun by appointment.

Edmund Pettus Bridge Intersection Broad St & Water Ave

This famous Civil Rights landmark represents a pivotal point in Voting Rights.

Slavery & Civil War Museum 1410 Water Ave 334-418-0800

This sister museum to the National Voting Rights Museum houses exhibits that depict historical, topical and provocative impacts and occurrences during slavery in America.

garden. Open Tues-Sat 10-4pm. Closed on Mon. Admission charged.

Vaughan-Smitherman Museum 109 Union St 334-874-2174

View this antebellum structure restored to its original beauty. See the Art Lewis Collection Civil War memorabilia. Open Tues-Sat, 9-4pm. Closed on Mon. Admission charged.

Kenan’s Mill 188 County Road 236 1-800-45-Selma

Sturdivant Hall Museum 713 Mabry St 334-872-5626

Visit one of the South’s best and most beautiful examples of a Greek Revival antebellum home. Tour includes the house, detached kitchen, gift shop and formal

Kenan’s Mill was built in the mid-1800s producing meal, grits and corn for over 100 years, and also includes a 19th century brick charcoal kiln. Continuously owned by the Kenan family until Elizabeth Kenan Buchanan donated it to the SDHPS in 1997, restoration is ongoing with the mill fully operational and open during special events.

The First African American U.S. Congressman, Benjamin Sterling Turner, was from Selma. Elected in 1871, he was raised as a slave and served in several offices in Selma before being elected to Congress.

Selma-Dallas County Museum of History and Archives, Inc.

Old Depot Museum The Old Depot Museum invites you to share the area's memories and take a moment to look back and reflect on Selma and Dallas County’s cultural heritage. The many exhibits and collections from the world of yesterday will charm, educate and inspire you. The Old Depot Museum is a historical experience for everyone and we are waiting to welcome you. 4 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street (at the foot of Historic Water Ave)

Selma, Alabama 36701 334-874-2197

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday by appointment

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Marching Forward Civil Rights events in and around Selma provide

The Civil Rights Movement is sometimes called The Civil Rights Struggle for a very good reason. After decades of oppression, it took years of peaceful protest in the face of violent opposition to finally achieve voting rights for African Americans. Much of the struggle took place in and around Selma, including one of its seminal moments, the Selma to Montgomery March. In 1965, hundreds of voting rights advocates, both black and white, set off on foot to Montgomery to the Capitol Building to take their grievances right to Governor George Wallace’s doorstep. Smaller protest marches had been held in the months prior, and on February 18 in nearby Marion, police shot 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson who was protecting his mother and grandfather from assault. His senseless death motivated the Selma to Montgomery March. 14

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moving examples of what ordinary people can do.

On March 7, Reverend Hosea Williams and John Lewis stepped from the pulpit of Brown Chapel Church and led a group of 600 toward Montgomery. After just six blocks, when they crossed the now infamous Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River, Sheriff Jimmy Clark’s deputies and state troopers dispatched by Gov. Wallace attacked the group with nightsticks and tear gas, injuring dozens. The scene was caught on film and broadcast on television networks across America. National leaders and the rest of the country saw first-hand how intense the struggle had become. The event came to be known as “Bloody Sunday.” The violence stopped the marchers’ first attempt, but they would not be silenced or stopped for good. Two weeks later, under the protection of Alabama National Guardsmen and Army troops, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. set off again from Selma and marched

along U.S. Hwy. 80 to the capital city. They walked during the day and slept in the fields at night, covering the 54 miles between Selma and Montgomery in four days and gathering without incident in front of the State Capitol. By that time the crowd was 25,000 strong. The murder of Viola Liuzzo, a 39-year-old white mother of five from Detroit who was shot while shuttling marchers back to Selma, finally spurred President Lyndon Johnson to push the Voting Rights Bill through Congress. After Johnson signed the 1965 Voting Rights Act on August 6, some 7,000 African Americans registered to vote in Dallas County and defeated the segregationist sheriff who had led the “Bloody Sunday” attack. The ultimate success of the Civil Rights Movement came on the backs of regular citizens fighting the powers that be and is resounding proof of what ordinary people can do when fighting a righteous cause.

Walk in the footsteps of the brave men and women who fought for equal rights and experience the emotion and courage of the Civil Rights Movement by visiting these historic sites in Selma. Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail Selma Interpretive Center 2 Broad Street 334-872-0509

The National Historic Trail begins at Brown Chapel AME Church and ends some 54 miles to the east at the State Capitol in Montgomery. A bust of Dr. King is in front of the church.

Re-Live the Moment

The public is invited to experience the Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma the first full weekend in March each year.

More Nearby Safe House Black History Museum in Greensboro

This house provided a safe haven for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from Ku Klux Klansmen during the Civil Rights era. See newspapers, photos, an 1860 slave auction document and cement imprints of the hands of Lewis Black, founder of the Hale County Civil Improvement League, one of the first civil rights groups in the country. 2401 Davis St, 334-624-2030 or 334-624-4228. Lowndes County Interpretive Center on The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Voting Rights Trail Interpretive Center

(334) 877-1984

The National Park Service center at the midpoint of the trail displays photographs and memorabilia. Located on U.S. 80, between mile markers 105 and 106 in White Hall in Lowndes County.

Selma Interpretive Center on The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail

Edmund Pettus Bridge

The southern approach of the Edmund Pettus Bridge is where “a sea of blue” law enforcement officers attacked marchers with tear gas and nightsticks on “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965. Visitors can walk across one of the most recognized symbols of the Civil Rights Movement. USA Weekend includes the bridge, along with Ellis Island, Jamestown and the Lincoln Memorial, among the “ten historic landmarks that bear proud witness to our nation’s enduring freedoms.” National Voting Rights Museum

This museum showcases items and participants’ stories related to the voting rights movement. Volunteer guides share their personal recollections of the Movement.

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1. Centre for Commerce 2. Visitor Information Center 3. Edmund Pettus Bridge 4. Old Depot Museum 5. Brown Chapel A.M.E. 6. Selma Walton Theater Performing Arts Center 7. Vaughan-Smitherman Museum 8. Sturdivant Hall Museum 9. Old Live Oak Cemetery 10. City Hall 11. National Voting Rights Museum

12. Dallas County Courthouse 13. First Baptist Church 14. Bloch Park / Memorial Stadium 15. J. C. B. Educational Disabilities Museum 16. Selma Interpretive Center 17. Ev Marie’s Cupcakery 18. Carter Drug Company 19. Side Porch Sandwiches & Pub 20. New Orleans Bar & Grill 21. Selma Art Guild Gallery 22. ArtsRevive


Old Depot Museum

National Voting Rights Museum

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Historic DowntownSelma Trail A. City Hall

The City Hall was completed in 1976 on the former site of the old Hotel Albert. It was designed to reflect the historical architecture of downtown Selma. The Brooke Cannon is to the right of the building and was manufactured in Selma in August of 1863. It was delivered by steamboat to Mobile in 1864 and placed aboard the Confederate ironclad “Tennessee.” The cannon was returned to Selma in August of 1981. 18

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B. Dallas County Courthouse

The Dallas County Courthouse was originally a neo-classic building built in 1910. In 1957, the clock tower collapsed and necessitated the reworking of the façade. The exterior was covered with a synthetic marble in 1959, and in 1999, a stucco-like material was added. In 1965, protesters from Brown Chapel AME Church marched down Alabama Avenue to the Dallas County Courthouse in an effort to register to vote.

C. Vaughan-Smitherman Museum

The Vaughan-Smitherman Museum was originally constructed by the Masonic Order to house a school; later it was used as a Confederate hospital, courthouse and regional hospital. It was the first African-American hospital in Selma. Now a museum, it houses a medical museum, WWI and WWII uniforms along with Confederate papers including a pardon issued by President Abraham Lincoln four days before his assassination. The building is now owned by the city and named after Selma’s longtime Mayor, Joseph T. Smitherman and Dr. Samuel Watkins Vaughan, founder of the Vaughan Hospital.

D. ArtsRevive

A grand old building, The Carneal Building has been anchored at the end of Water Avenue for many years. ArtsRevive purchased the building in 2008 and started renovations. The building now offers office space, areas for art shows, art workshops and other community needs.

E. Water Avenue

Historic Water Avenue is the historical riverfront street of Selma. The Selma Times– Journal, the local newspaper, is housed in an Italianate Victorian storefront building typical of the early 1870s. This newspaper has been published continually since 1828.

F. Edmund Pettus Bridge

The Edmund Winston Pettus Bridge was erected in 1939 and was named after the U.S. Senator Edmund Winston Pettus. This is also the scene of the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1965. The demonstrations that occurred here led to the U.S. Voting Rights Act of 1965.

G. Selma Interpretive Center

The Selma Interpretive Center serves as the Welcome Center for the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, which was established in Congress in 1996 to commemorate the events, people and route of the 1965 Voting Rights March in Alabama. Inside you will find a video exhibit and a small bookstore. The Center is owned by the City of Selma and is operated by the National Park Service.

H. Old Depot Museum

The Old Depot Museum is an 1891 red brick building that was once known as the L&N Railroad Station. Housing an impressive collection of historic treasures gathered from the days of the pre-historic Indians who lived in the

region to the time before and after the Civil War and up through America’s early days of the Civil Rights Movement, the Old Depot Museum is a testament to the various cultures and people who contributed to the development of the Black Belt region of Alabama.

I. Brown Chapel A.M.E

Brown Chapel AME Church, with its imposing twin towers and Romanesque Revival styling, was built in 1908 by a black builder—of whom little is known—Mr. A.J. Farley. Both the building and the members of Brown Chapel AME Church played pivotal roles in the Selma Alabama marches that helped lead to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The starting point for the Selma-to-Montgomery marches, Brown Chapel also hosted the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) for the first three months of 1965.

J. First Baptist Church of Selma

First Baptist Church, constructed in 1894 in the Gothic Revival style by a local black architect, Dave Benjamin West, is considered one of the most architecturally significant late-19th-century black churches in the state. Along with Brown Chapel AME, it played a pivotal role in the Selma marches that helped lead to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The members of First Baptist Church allowed the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to use their church as the planning site and organizational headquarters of the Selma campaign.

K. Sturdivant Hall Museum

Sturdivant Hall, also known as the Watts-Parkman-Gillman Home, is a historic Greek Revival antebellum mansion. Completed in 1856, it was designed by Thomas Helm Lee for Colonel Edward T. Watts. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 18, 1973, due to its architectural significance. Edward Watts and his family lived in the house until 1864. There were several owners that lived in Sturdivant until it was purchased in 1957 by the City of Selma, and it now serves as a museum.

L. Live Oak Cemetery

Live Oak Cemetery was purchased by the Township of Selma in 1829 and named West Selma Graveyard. The newer section of the cemetery grounds was purchased in 1877 and combined with the older section to form Live Oak Cemetery. It received its name in 1879 when Col. N.H.R. Dawson arranged for 80 Live Oaks and 80 Magnolias to be purchased from Mobile and planted throughout both portions of the cemetery. Visitors will find humor, glory and pathos in the stories of those buried here. 2013 Visitor Guide

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History Made Here

Discover the prominent role Selma played in the drama and intrigue of the Civil War. Almost 100 years after it became an independent nation, America endured an event that threatened to tear our country apart. In fact, for four long years, the United States was no longer united, as 11 states below the Mason-Dixon line seceded from the Union and declared themselves the Confederate States of America. The Civil War had begun, and battles raged at multiple sites. As a major manufacturer of military resources and munitions for the Confederate cause, Selma was at the center of some of the conflict’s most contested struggles, and evidence of the role the city played in the Civil War can still be seen and felt today at several historic sites.

The Battle of Selma Re-Enactment In 1865, the resources supporting Rebel forces were wearing thin, and the Naval Ordnance Works, Army Arsenal and the city’s Ironclad Shipyard were the South’s last chance for continued resistance. Union General Wilson and his men were tasked with the destruction of these facilities. Selma’s defenses were strong, and the Confederate troops here were being led by General Nathan Bedford Forrest, a man who had never lost a battle. But his winning streak came to a bloody end on April 2, when Wilson succeeded in his mission, destroying the arsenals and much of the city in his siege. Today, over 145 years later, you can watch this historic event literally come alive as hundreds of dedicated Civil War re-enactors recreate the sights and sounds of the 1860s and each tragic turn of the Battle of Selma. This weekend-long event includes opportunities to experience the rustic life of a soldier. Listen to the era’s music, shop at authentic camp stores, tour the reconstructed defenses, attend a camp dance and hear the cannons and artillery firing, just as they did so long ago. 20

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Some of the largest cannons used in the Civil War, including the infamous Brooke Cannon, the most powerful muzzle-loaded cannon ever made, were manufactured in Selma.

The Old Depot Museum The Old Depot Museum offers visitors a tour through the colorful past of Selma, with a particular focus on Selma’s place in the Civil War. A cameo of Elodie Todd Dawson, Abraham Lincoln’s sisterin-law and a rabid confederate, offers a poignant reminder that the Civil War split many families asunder.

The Vaughan-Smitherman Museum First built in 1847 by the Selma Fraternal Lodge No. 27 of the Free and Accepted Masons as a school for orphans and children of indigent Masons, the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum is one of Selma’s most beautiful structures as well as one of its most historic. Its significance during the Civil War was established when it served as a Confederate Hospital. The need for this humanitarian service may have influenced Federal General J.H. Wilson to spare the building when his troops ravished Selma in early April 1865.

Find A Famous Grave At Old Live Oak Cemetery

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Selma’s Old Live Oak Cemetery is the final resting place of many Civil War soldiers and The Confederate Monument. Many other prominent Selmians are interred at this beautiful, historic cemetery as well, including William Rufus King, founder of Selma, U.S. Senator and U.S. Vice President; Elodie Todd Dawson, sister of Mary Todd Lincoln; and John Tyler Morgan, Confederate General who became a U.S. Senator and Father of the Panama Canal.

Homes History Built

Uncover Selma’s secrets and discover its multi-layered history as seen in its wide array of architectural styles. Much can be learned about the character and heritage of a place simply by looking at its architecture. This is certainly true in Selma; it is one of the few towns in the United States with so much impressive architectural variety in such a small area. Many of the over 1,200 old houses you can observe boast architectural significance that goes far beyond the stories of the families who built or lived in them. Indeed, the city’s homes, buildings, churches and other

structures reveal its rich past in every arch, window, column and deep porch. But many of these structures could have been lost forever, slowly destroyed by years of neglect, if not for the efforts of The SelmaDallas County Historic Preservation Society. Since SDCHPS began in the early 1970s, it has saved at least half a dozen buildings by purchasing and reselling them, sometimes renovating them first. As you’re exploring Selma, you’ll notice the multiple markers.

A blue historical destination plaque means the structure was built prior to the Civil War; a yellow plaque indicates it was built in between the end of the Civil War and 1910; a green plaque means the structure was constructed after 1910 but is at least 50 years old.

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Treasure Hunts Get your fill of “Selma-Made” stuff at these local retailers.

Butler Truax Jewelers

Mark’s Mart

Old Depot Museum

125 Broad St 334-874-4616

Located on Landline Rd 334-872-3003

4 Martin Luther King St 334-874-2197

Offering charms, a beautiful “Selma” platter and Selma Christmas ornaments. They also feature Mandy Bagwell’s colorful, whimsical plates and collections. Mandy Bagwell is a well-known artist raised in Selma.

Offering Gannt’s candy, a variety of “Patty Cakes” products including tasty “Cheddar Blossoms, Marion honey and Lyon Candles.

Offering Selma postcards, and an assortment of books.

Carter’s Drug Company 133 Broad St 334-875-7223

Offering cookbooks, books by local authors, magnets, Gannt’s candy and Marion Honey.

National Voting Rights Museum 6 Highway 80 E 334-418-0800

Offering shirts, books, magnets, key chains and Voting Rights commemorative items.


O 40,0ver Sq 00 ft

• Antiques & Collectables • Large Fabric Shop • Furniture • Clothing • Home Decor • Jewelry - Old & New • AND SO MUCH MORE! • 

Mon-Sat 9-6 • Sun 1-6

Shop Junebugg’s! FLEA & ANTIQUE MALL 334-875-FLEA (3532)

1302 East Highland, Selma • Across from Hardee’s & the Selma Mall


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Pilcher-McBryde Drug Company 101 Broad St 334-875-7208

Offering T-shirts, spoons, bells and candle holders. Sturdivant Hall Gift Shop 713 Mabry St 334-872-5626

Offering tote bags and t-shirts, books, pencils, mugs, note cards and books by Selma author Kathryn Tucker Windham.

Swift Drug Store 217 Broad St 334- 874-4651

Offering a variety of Selma souvenirs. Junebugg’s Flea & Antique Mall 1302 E. Highland Ave 334-875-3532

Offering consignment pieces from locals — treasure abounds!

History Meets


In the early 1900s, people from all over Central Alabama were drawn to Historic Selma by the shimmer of Carter Drug Company’s downtown windows. The thriving economy in Selma demanded high-quality, big-cityitems found in stores like Carter Drug Company. Selma, in the roaring 1920’, was like a Norman Rockwell painting of small-town America, quaint, prosperous and kind. Now, that version of Selma only lives in books and pictures; that is until you step into Carter Drug Company. Nestled inside is their award-winning clothing and gift boutique, Carter’s Books & Gifts. Ann Murray, buyer for Carter’s Books & Gifts and Allez-Oup, and her staff are always on the lookout for interesting gifts and apparel. “Historic downtown Selma is coming alive with the revitalization of downtown and the development of the riverfront. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Selma’s unfolding beauty.” Whether it is boutique-style dresses, children’s clothing, gifts for home, bath and body or products made locally, you will find just the prefect fit.

u Katherine Tucker

Windham was an American storyteller, author, photographer and journalist. She was born in Selma and began her career with a series of books of “true” ghost stories, based on local folklore, beginning with “13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey.”

u The Selma Dish highlights the historic buildings, places and movements that make Selma unique in a stylized, hand-drawn format.

u Lyon Candles are highly scented u Local hand-thrown pottery by Kim

u Faceless angels by artist

Blaylock from Earthquake Pottery.

Jane Ann Fleming.

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Hike through forests and glens, observing rare birds. Relax on a tranquil paddle trip. Fish for abundant bass, crappie, catfish and bream at numerous locations along the Alabama River and in area lakes. Or go after a trophy buck or flush out some quail — Outdoor enthusiasts can do it all in and around Selma.



Dallas County and the five counties that adjoin it are known throughout the United States as the “Whitetail Deer Capital of the Nation,” for having more white-tailed deer per acre than any other region in Alabama. Also, Alabama has more deer per acre than any state in the Union. The region also has its fair share of turkey, as well as almost every species of small game you can imagine.

Fishing, Boating, Wildlife Watching Dallas County State Public Fishing Lake 800 Co. Rd. 6, Sardis 334-874-8804

Cast a line at this 100-acre lake and fish for bass, crappie, sunfish and catfish from a rented boat or the fishing pier.

Catfish Ponds

All along Highway 80, commercial catfish ponds dot the fields. Among these ponds are multiple species of birds and other animals. Look for Wood Storks, Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons. Raptors are also around. Watch for Northern Herriers and Red-Tailed Hawks.

ing for birds and other creatures or pull up to a sandbar and enjoy a picnic lunch. Find detailed river maps and more at the Old Cahawba Visitor Center.


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Alabama River Lodge Two canoe launch sites at Old Cahawba; one at Hwy. 22 bridge.

The lovely Cahaba is Alabama’s longest free-flowing river and one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country. Its waters offer a relaxing ride for canoeing. Paddle while watch-

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Browns 334-683-8039

Hamilton Hills Plantation, Inc.

Dallas County Cahaba River

Briarpatch Hunting Preserve

Minter 334-872-4657

Hunting Lands & Lodges

Rent a canoe or small boat for fishing or just exploring the park’s 100-acre lake. View a variety of trees, plants and wildlife, including a wide array of migrating birds like the Easter Wood-Pewee, the Wood Thrush, American Restart and more. This tranquil park also has ample hiking trails.

Selma 334-996-8190

Casey Hunting Camp

Paul M. Grist State Park 1546 Grist Rd 334-872-5846

Bow & Gun Club

Sardis 334-874-4445

Minter 334-875-5704

Oyster Ridge Sardis 334-875-2967

Tatum Creek Hunting Camp

Blackwell Bend Hunting Selma

Marion Junction 334-418-6980


Valley Creek Outdoors

Blackbelt Hunting Lodge Sardis 334-875-5604

Selma 334-872-0491

Made to Last

Bush Hog products are made in Selma and made to last. In all began in 1951, when a new device designed to clear pasture and crop residue was being demonstrated to a group of farmers near Selma. Witnessing the ease at which the tractor-pulled implement devoured heavy brush, an elderly gentleman wearing worn overalls stepped forward and observed, “That thing eats bushes like a hog!” And so, the name was born. Bush Hog began in a small, dirt-floor factory in Selma, Alabama. They made one product, the Model 12 rotary cutter, a five-foot-wide rotary cutter that became the “bread and butter” of

the Bush Hog Company. It was the first such device of its kind, featuring a three-point lift and a stump jumper, with swinging blades that would fold back if they hit rocks or other heavy objects. The Model 12 was origi-

nally handmade at the rate of one per week. It was built-to-last out of heavy gauge steel, cost $320 and revolutionized how farmers managed their fields. Today, Bush Hog operates a modern, automated production

facility with robotic and well-trained hand welders that produce 17 different product lines within the firm’s 500,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. “We are very proud to be part of the Selma community, and we are really looking forward to a bright future together,” said Jerry Worthington, President of Bush Hog. Since the invention of the world’s most successful rotary cutter in 1950, Bush Hog has continued to push forward and manufactures a wide range of products sold through a network of approximately 1,200 active dealers throughout North America.


Unifies City Selma’s ArtsRevive is harnessing the power of creativity to enhance the city’s future. Art has power, and in Selma, a dedicated group of volunteers is working to use that power to re-invigorate and revitalize the city and surrounding areas. Founded in 2003, ArtsRevive’s mission is to: “enhance

community development in the greater historic Selma region through the development of arts, urban design and tourism while preserving the diverse cultural heritage of the region.” Local artist Vicky Stoudenmire and others saw the potential just waiting to be tapped in Selma, and ArtsRevive was her brainchild. “I was talking with some other artists about how lovely Selma is and our desire to preserve and enhance it through art,” she said. “Anytime you boost arts in a com-

munity it is economically beneficial, but we needed an organization to really focus the effort, so we started ArtsRevive.” President Fran Pearce agreed. “Selma is a beautiful town with such beautiful architecture and rich history,” she said. “The opportunities to improve upon that are endless.” While spurring and supporting economic development is ArtsRevive’s goal, creativity is its tool. ArtsRevive’s board is comprised of a diverse array of talented area artists and those who love the arts all working together.

Celebrate a Selma Artist

Charlie Lucas, aka “The Tin Man,” has been fascinating art aficionados, casual observers and everyone in between with his fanciful sculptures often created from bits and pieces of metal and other materials others have discarded as scrap. Dubbed “found object art,” under the influence of the Tin Man’s hands, this process has resulted in some amazing expressions of creativity. This self-taught artist now helps others find their gift. At his studio in Selma, Lucas hosts art students from Auburn University for workshops as part of their studies. He’s also an honorary ArtsRevive board member.


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One of ArtsRevive’s most visible successes has been the transformation of an old auto repair shop in downtown Selma into the Carneal ArtsRevive building, creating a space for offices, art shows, art workshops and other community events. The ArtsRevive building, in the shadow of the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge, anchors the riverfront development efforts on west Water Avenue. What started as an effort to bring artistic events and experiences to the city and surrounding areas has grown into a commitment to place Creative Placemaking at the heart of the community. ArtsRevive is using the power of creativity to spur adaptive reuse of downtown structures, to encourage groups and individuals to reinvest and rehabilitate properties, to create livable spaces, and support the arts and creative enterprises—or more importantly, the people behind them. And that’s what ArtsRevive is really all about: bringing people together to reach a common goal. “We’ve brought groups together to accomplish things we couldn’t do by ourselves,” Pearce explained.

“We see art as a wonderful unifier for our diverse community.” Its many collaborations keep the area’s cultural calendar full of exciting events. March 9, 2013, marks ArtsRevive’s 11th Annual Juried Art Show, a statewide art

show held in the Carneal Building. May 18 sees the 3rd StreetFest Celebration featuring a “by invitation” selection of regional artists and craftsmen, an artist demonstration stage, a performance stage and children’s tent. The Alabama Symphony will present a free public concert that evening on the banks of the Alabama River. October 11-12, 2013, is the 37th Alabama Tale Tellin’ Festival featuring nationally known storytellers in the schools and performing to packed houses each night at Carneal. ArtsRevive continues to support the community theatre Encore, Off Broad Street Productions, Riverfront Market Day, the Selma Pilgrimage and the work of the Selma Art Guild. ArtsRevive believes that vibrant communities need the arts and that the arts build vibrant communities. We are excited that over the last decade our vision of the arts making a difference in our town is catching on. We’re looking forward to partnering with even more groups to achieve this mission. Learn more about the work of ArtsRevive, upcoming events and projects at www. and at

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Showing Off The Selma Art Guild touts the talents of area artists.

“Art for All” could be the motto of the Selma Art Guild, a local group that runs the city’s only permanent art gallery showcasing the talents of area artists. Started in 1970, the Guild welcomes anyone and everyone to its gallery housed in a historic craftsman-style bungalow to see and enjoy paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, fiber arts and more for free, as the gallery never charges admission. As Sally Jordan, the Guild’s past president, explained, the Guild occupies an important place in the heart of its community. “We give artists the chance to exhibit their creative endeavors while also giving our residents and visitors the opportunity to view the work as well as buy it to add to their home or office décor,” she said.

Approximately 30 different artists working in various media are represented in the gallery in over 200 pieces that are all for sale. And what’s on the walls and on display is constantly changing and always fresh. A specific artist is highlighted each month in the gallery’s front room, and to kick-off each “Artist of the Month,” the gallery holds a free reception with food and drink in the afternoon of the second Sunday of the month. She stressed why art should play a prominent role in any community. “Artists and their work let us see the world in a different perspective. It confirms our comfort level or expands our parameters,” she said. Special events throughout the year encourage the public to enjoy all that the Guild and its gallery offer.

Groups Welcome! Schedule a special wine and cheese reception, art viewing or create art party.

Wanna Go? Selma Art Guild Gallery 508 Selma Ave

Open Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4pm Open second Sunday of each month for artist’s reception from 2 to 4pm Find more information about special events on the Guild’s facebook page or call 334-875-4262.

Wanna Create? The Selma Art Guild is now offering weekend art classes and holding scheduled “paint parties.” Call 334-875-4262 to find out what’s currently on the schedule.


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Hallelujah Hist ory Selma’s many churches

reflect a wide array of architectural styles and time periods.

First Baptist Church

First Presbyterian Church

First Baptist Church, along with its close neighbor, Brown Chapel AME Church, played a pivotal role in the Selma marches that helped lead to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The congregation was organized in the early 1840s by a freed slave, Samuel Phillips.

Brown Chapel AME Brown chapel AME Church was organized in the early 1800s by a few slaves who became African Methodist Episcopal. In 1869, a building designed by A.J. Farley was erected. The “Bloody Sunday” march originated from the steps of Brown Chapel after a First Sunday communion service. Brown Chapel also hosted the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) for the first three months of 1965.

First Baptist Church of Selma Organized in 1840, the first church building was erected in 1850. After the Battle of Selma, the first church service was held here with Federal Army members in attendance. The gothic style church has chairs with needle point designs painstakingly worked on by Baptist ladies and inspired by the Tiffany-produced stain-glass windows.

Church St UMC The building sits on the acre of land set aside for a Methodist Church when the Selma Town Land Company drew its plans for the new town of Selma in 1817. The first church was built in 1835. After the steeple toppled and hurled into the altar rail during a choir practice (no one was hurt), the present –day church was erected in 1901. It houses a Pilcher Pipe Organ that was installed in 1926.

Organized on December 22, 1838 with sixteen members, the First Presbyterian Church was originally constructed in 1847. In 1893, the current structure was approved and the City Council approved an expenditure of $925 for a Seth Thomas Clock with dials six feet in diameter to be paced in the tower.

Temple Mishkan Israel In February 1900, the synagogue was dedicated. In the early decades, although its membership was relatively small, Mishkan Israel was able to support a full-time rabbi. The Selma Jewish community declined after World War II and only a small group of Jews still remain in Selma. There is an effort to restore the historic synagogue into a museum and community meeting space.

St. Paul’s Episcopal The parish was founded in 1843. In April 1865, following the Civil War Battle of Selma, General James H. Wilson and his raiders burned much of the City including St. Paul’s Church. In 1871, the cornerstone of the present building was laid and it was completed in 1875. It features Tiffany windows and granite from Stone Mountain, Georgia. 2013 Visitor Guide

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CULTURE & Community tive exhibits sure to get kids thinking and to enrich their education by seeing, doing and creating. Open Mon-Sat, 102pm. Admission charged.

Performing Arts Center 1000 Selma Ave 334-874-2145

Visit the authentically restored Walton Theater & Courtyard. Today the Performing Art Center hosts a variety of events that enhance the cultural of Selma. Open Mon-Fri, 9-5pm and 10 -1pm on Sat.

Selma Public Library 1103 Selma Ave 334-874-1720

A wide variety of books and all city and county information is available. Open Mon-Sat, 9-5pm.

Selma Art Guild Gallery 508 Selma Ave 334-874-9017

Paintings in all mediums and pottery items are shown by many area artists in this turn of the century cottage. Open Fri-Sat, 12-4pm.

Selma Children’s Museum 816 Selma Ave 334-505-5192

This small museum is designed for children’s big imaginations and includes hands-on, interac-

Selma Walton Theater 1000 Selma Ave 334-874-6691

Call for showtimes and ticket prices. See page 3 for more information.

Trace Your Roots To learn more about who and where you came from, sometimes you have to dig deep. But the Selma Public Library has a collection of genealogy resources that provide help. The Resource Room contains a section specific to Alabama history searchable by counties; a family history room; Alabama Census records; the official records of both the Union and Confederate armies; and more. Contact the library at 334-8741720 for more information.

Plan a Reunion to Remember Selma-Dallas County Tourism is on hand to help you plan the perfect family reunion with these timetested do’s and don’ts. Plan ahead. Booking rooms and creating an itinerary at least 12 to 18 months ahead will give you more options in offsite venues, hotel space and more flexibility on dates. Work with Selma-Dallas County Tourism and take advantage of its expertise. Since it works with groups of all sizes all the time, the Tourism department is a great resource. Begin with a fixed budget and stick to it. With advances in technology, it’s easier than ever to keep a reunion budget from blowing up. Use the web and emails more than paper mailings for invitations and updates. You can also communicate through a reunion facebook page. Put together welcome packets for each attendee, and front the package with “Letter of Welcome” from the City of Selma. Selma-Dallas Tourism can assist and provide step-on tour guides, itinerary planning, promotional items, photography, theme tours and package tours. Though activities for reunion guests are important, don’t over-schedule the itinerary. After all, the purpose of a reunion is to “reunite” attendees. Make sure there’s enough free time for casual reconnecting.

Selma Hotels America’s Best Value Inn

Hospitality Inn

1915 West Highland Avenue 334-872-1900

1200 Highland Avenue 334-874-6681

Budget Inn H

Hampton Inn

601 Highland Avenue 334-872-3451

Cheltenham Park Hall Bed & Breakfast H 509 Dallas Avenue 334-877-1210

Comfort Inn H 1812 Highway 14 East 334-875-5700

Craig Motel 1134 US Highway 80 East 334-875-3150

Days Inn and Suites H 1120 Highland Avenue 334-872-0014

Economy Inn 2322 Highway 80 334-875-1212

H Chamber Member

2200 West Highland Avenue 334-876-9995

Historic Selma Hotel 1806 West Highland Avenue 334-872-0461

Holiday Inn Express & Suites H 2000 Lincoln Way 334-874-1000

Quality Inn Selma H 2420 Broad Street 334-874-8600

Resident Suites 2006 West Highland Avenue 334-875-1200

St James Hotel H 1200 Water Ave 334-872-3234



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