SELMA, Ala. — Beneath the moss-covered trees of Alabama’s largest historic district, Selma opens its doors for the 38th annual Historic Selma Pilgrimage this weekend, Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16.
This year, Selma’s impressive Jewish heritage, including Temple Mishkan Israel, The Harmony Club and downtown homes and businesses of former Jewish merchants are included in the tour along with other venues.
The story begins in the mid-1800s when Selma’s first industrialist persuaded German citizens, many of them Jews, to immigrate to Central Alabama. They arrived on the bluffs of the Alabama River and established a variety of retail and wholesale stores. The newcomers contributed their time and skills to help build Selma into the “Queen City of the Black Belt,” and their names remained prominent through the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The tour includes: