Selma Alabama Art
Selma, Alabama, has been on my list of places to visit for some time, and I was finally able to make the three-hour drive from Atlanta in early December. I am about an hour from Montgomery, but there are enough black history sites in town to easily visit both Selma and Montgomery / Tuskegee. There would be enough of these black sites to visit in one day on a three or four-day weekend. You might also want to head to Historic Water Avenue, where you can see the location of the featured fulcrum for obtaining voting rights, Songs of Selmas Park, which overlooks the Alabama River.
You might also want to visit the Selma Art Guild Gallery, where you can see paintings in various media. Look at this if you're looking for an intimate look at the history of the civil rights movement in Alabama.
Visit the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum, which honors the famous literary couple who met in Montgomery in 1918.
This route leads to the Montgomery Street corner where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. This photo taken by United Press International on March 15, 1965 shows demonstrators and mourners led by civil rights leaders. This massive canvas measures about two meters in diameter and represents the heart - dramatic events that took place in Montgomery during the civil rights movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is a historic black and white color painting that was first exhibited in San Francisco in 2010.
Nearly a quarter of the Trailas site is near Montgomery, which many consider the ground zero of the civil rights movement.
Selma is located on the banks of the Alabama River and was first mapped in 1732 under the name Ecor Bienville, but it was not settled until the 19th century. When the state capital moved to Tuscaloosa in 1826, and Cahaba retained its county seat status until 1866, Selma began to compete with it for county supremacy.
Selma officials decided to take advantage of this by starting a tourism industry, emphasizing the city's proximity to the Alabama River, its natural beauty and history.
Steam shipping was another stimulus for the early economy of the river, which steadily increased in the 1820s and 1830s. Selma, Alabama, has had several ups and downs during its history as a tourist destination, but became the scene of a dramatic struggle when it became the center of the civil rights movement in 1965. She played an important role in both the civil rights movement and the equal rights movement for African Americans.
It is a fact that 14 states were part of the civil rights movement, but Alabama, along with Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, was one of them.
Selma offers visitors exhibitions related to the civil rights movement, but the focus is more on the general push for voting rights, as well as the coverage of the Selma-Montgomery marches. There is some overlap with the Selma Interpretive Center, but it is more of a museum and museum - like experience than an exhibition.
Culture buffs should plan a visit to the Blount County Museum of Art and the Selma - Montgomery Art Museum. Visit the revitalized Carneal Building, a unique building that celebrates the local art community by promoting the work of local artists and the history of the city's art community.
In collaboration with Paramount Pictures, the museum is offering the opportunity to see the acclaimed new film SELMA, starring David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King and co - stars Oprah Winfrey and David O'Hara - and which is now on view at the Blount County Museum of Art and Selma - Montgomery Art Museum. The First Baptist Church of Selma was built in 1904 and is the largest single-story church in the United States and one of the oldest churches in Alabama. Other historic buildings include the Montgomery County Courthouse, a historic building considered the most important in Montgomery's history and home to the Alabama State Capitol, and the state's first public library.
Following the event, Chairman Chu will visit the Blount County Museum of Art and Selma-Montgomery Art Museum. In the afternoon, he will give a talk at the museum on the vitality of art in Alabama communities and its support for both the national and local economies. In the evening and throughout the day, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will participate in a panel discussion on the importance of art in Alabama's history and culture.
Of all the museums I visited in Selma, Alabama, this was probably my least popular, but according to my review, other visitors seemed to enjoy it. During my trip, I was able to visit the Blount County Museum of Art, Montgomery Art Museum and Alabama State Museum in all their colors.