‘Bloody Sunday’ photo exhibit set for Selma Dallas County Public Library

Published: November 05, 2021

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A one-of-a-kind photography exhibit titled “Identifying Selma’s Unknown Bloody Sunday Foot Soldiers” will be on display at the Selma Dallas County Public Library from Monday, Nov. 8, through Wednesday, Nov. 10.

The exhibit will feature numerous photographs taken on March 7, 1965, a day that came to be known as “Bloody Sunday” when a group of civil rights marchers heading from Selma, Alabama, to the state capital of Montgomery were stopped and beaten by Alabama state troopers. The incident was broadcast on national television and became one of the seminal moments of the civil rights movement.

Part of an interdisciplinary project led by Auburn University professors Richard Burt and Keith Hébert, the exhibit will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. The exhibit is free and open to the public, and project organizers hope civil rights marchers and their families will visit the exhibit and help identify the people in the photographs.

To date, more than 70 marchers have successfully been identified by the professors and their teams, which include university professors, Auburn Honors College students and leaders from the Selma community. The project has gained considerable momentum in recent months, and anyone interested in discovering more about the endeavor can do so via its Facebook page.

Historical photos in a workroom at Auburn University.

Photos like these from a workroom at Auburn University showing people who participated in the civil rights march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery will be on display at the Selma Dallas County Public Library from Nov. 8-10.