When 60 Minutes profiled Selma director Ava DuVernay in February, discussion quickly turned to the Edmund Pettus Bridge — the bridge Martin Luther King, Jr. (actor David Oyelowo in the film) attempted to cross.
Turns out Pettus, the man whose name marked the bridge back with King himself tried to cross it back in 1965, was a grand dragon of the Klu Klux Klan, Confederate general and U.S. senator. And his name still adorns the bridge today, though according to Alabama.com, that might not be the case much longer.
The Alabama Senate approved a resolution to rename the Pettus Bridge the “Journey to Freedom Bridge” by a voice vote. As state Sen. Hank Sanders (D-Selma) notes, the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march in 1965 — as well as the recent film — drew national attention to the bridge’s name and the history behind it.
Meanwhile, DOT spokesperson Tony Harris told Alabama.com that a review of the resolution was in order before the senate’s vote (and the impending vote in the State House) could become binding.
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