As you cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge and walk the steps of the Alabama state capitol where Dr. King delivered one of his most famous speeches, you’ll be reliving one of America’s most astounding stories commemorated by the Selma to Montgomery March Byway. Along the way you can visit both of the churches that housed the civil rights movement, see the jail where civil rights activists were imprisoned for protesting and discover more of the significant history that took place along the 54 mile stretch of highway. Selma, key in the battle for civil rights, was the place where the most extreme voting restrictions were imposed on African Americans in the area. Despite repeated efforts, registration was consistently denied to all but two percent of the African American population, leaving to the civil rights protests. Today, the towns of Selma and Montgomery remain major symbols of civil rights movement. Be sure to visit the National Voting Rights Museum and the Civil Rights Memorial Center and walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge to relive the full story and ponder the future of the movement.