Edmund Pettus Bridge Celebration Delayed
Selma city officials say the 75th anniversary celebration of the Edmund Pettus bridge has been pushed back because of a scheduling concern. According to officials, a celebration that was scheduled for June 19 at the foot of the bridge has been pushed back to June 30. The initial date coincided with Juneteenth - the anniversary of the end of slavery - and the celebration could have been considered hurtful or offensive. The bridge's namesake, Edmund Pettus, was a two-term U.S senator, a Confederate general and a K-K-K grand dragon. The bridge was the scene of violent police opposition to a march for voting rights in 1965, and some lawmakers recently sought to change the structure's name to the Journey to Freedom Bridge.