WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Director of the National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis Monday announced the designation of 13 new national historic landmarks. Included in the designation is the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama that was the site of “Bloody Sunday” during the civil rights movement.
“Recognizing the Edmund Pettus Bridge as a national historic landmark is a fitting tribute as we observe the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement," said Alabama Governor Robert Bentley upon learning of the news. "All year, we are welcoming people to Alabama to reflect on our history, to celebrate the progress that has been made, and to look ahead to a brighter future. This designation recognizes the role not only of the bridge itself, but also of everyone who walked across it in the name of equality.”