Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Brown Chapel - Selma

This chapel was the launching point for Bloody Sunday marchers headed for Montgomery to protest the recent murder in a demonstration of Jimmie Lee Jackson and to demand voting rights. Many were dressed in Sunday best. Some carried bed rolls. None was expecting the armed force of police and a deputized posse of Klan thugs, many mounted who met them at the top or the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The mob beat the marchers and chased them back to Brown Chapel while attacking with clubs and bull whips. Horsemen even rode into the chapel, allowing the marchers no safe or holy ground.

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