Make time to visit these historic sites in Selma, AL
Brooke Cannon from the CSS Tennesse at City Hall http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/csstennessee.html
– William Rufus King, founder of Selma, U.S. senator and vice president of the United States.
– Benjamin Sterling Turner, former Slave, business owner and Alabama’s first black Congressman. In Congress he supported Amnesty , a Federal Court House for Selma and reparations for the burning of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church after the Battle of Selma.
– N.R.H. Dawson, Captain of Selma’s Magnolia Cadets ( Company C, 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment), U. S. Commissioner of Education, former Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, Member of the Buiding Committee of the “New” St. Paul’s Episcopal church and his wife
– Elodie Todd Dawson half-sister of Mary Todd Lincoln.
– John Tyler Morgan, Confederate General who later became U.S. Senator and “Father of the Panama Canal”.
– Edmund Winston Pettus, Confederate general who later became U.S. senator.
-Lt. General William J. Hardee, CSA, Commandant of West Point, author of Rifle & Light Infantry Tactics, Commanded Hardee‘s Corp, Army of Tennessee, Member of the Buiding Committee of the “New” St. Paul’s Epsicopal Church, his Funeral was reported to have been the largest Selma had ever seen.
– Captain Catesby ap Roger Jones, CSN, commander of the Confederate ironclad Merrimac (or Virginia) and of the Confederate Naval Ordnance Works at Selma, Member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish.
-Rt. Rev. Robert W. Barnwell, DD, LLD, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish 1880-1900, 3rd Bishop of Alabama
-Colonel Robert Tingnal Jones, CSA, Surveyed & built the Cahaba & Marion Railroad, Commanded the 12th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Killed at the Battle of Seven Pines, Va. 1862
– Rev. Arthur Small, a Presbyterian minister and volunteer defender killed in the Battle of Selma 1865.
– Clara Weaver Parrish, Artist, Designer, Philanthropist, Member of the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, Member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Parish.
– Mrs. Harriet Hooker Wilkins who became the first woman elected to the Alabama Legislature in 1922.
Exhibits at the Old Depot Museum allow visitors to step back in time. The items on display include such things as a railroad boxcar to the black pins worn by the 19th Century ladies in their mourning dress. Other displays include antique fire trucks, Civil War artifacts and African-American history.
The Edmond Pettus Bridge
The St. James Hotel
As the only surviving hotel in Selma’s downtown historic district, the St. James Hotel has witnessed much of the dramatic history that has played out in this picturesque Southern city. Built in 1837 atop the banks of the Alabama River, it was a home-away-from-home for visiting plantation owners, business men and even occasional travelers of less illustrious repute. After standing silent for more than a century, the hotel was reborn in 1997 after a $6 million restoration that brought together a group of investors and the community of Selma. One of the last riverfront hotels still standing in the Southeast, the St. James once again welcomes guests with elegant appointments such as solid oak furnishings, vintage lighting, luxurious fabrics and a charming courtyard that evoke an antebellum spirit of gracious hospitality. The hotel anchors the Water Avenue Historic District and offers spectacular views of the river and the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge, made famous in the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Notorious outlaws Frank and Jesse James reportedly spent time here in the 1880s.
Old Cahawba, Alabama’s First Capital
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1854