As Part of Alabama’s Repentance Change the Name of the Edmund Pettus Bridge

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50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the Selma-to-Montgomery March, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Alabama needs to repent. Alabama has a long history of discrimination, which unfortunately continues to this day. Recently, Alabama has fought against the equality of the LGBT population.

In 1965 Alabama denied the equality and rights of African-Americans. On March 7, 1965 the Edmund Pettus Bridge was the site of the conflict which became known as Bloody Sunday. White armed policemen attacked peaceful civil rights demonstrators who were attempting to march to the Alabama state capital of Montgomery.

As a part of Alabama’s repentance and a part of the repentance of the United States, The Edmund Pettus Bridge should be renamed. It is a disagrace for it to remain named The Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Edmund Pettus

Edmund Pettus

Edmund Winston Pettus (July 6, 1821 – July 27, 1907) was a lawyer, soldier and legislator. He served as a Confederate general during the Civil War. After the war – get this – after the war he was a Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan and – and get this – and a United States Senator. Pettus’ Senate campaign relied on his work in the Alabama Klan and his virulent opposition to the constitutional amendments following the Civil War that elevated former slaves to the status of free citizens.

It’s a no brainer. Change the name of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. I suggest changing it to the John Lewis Bridge. With Hosea Williams of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) leading the demonstration, and John Lewis, Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), at his side, marchers were confronted by some 150 Alabama state troopers, sheriff’s deputies, and possemen, who ordered the demonstrators to disperse. One minute and five seconds after a two-minute warning was announced, the troops advanced, wielding clubs, bullwhips, and tear gas. John Lewis, who suffered a skull fracture, was one of fifty-eight people treated for injuries at the local hospital.

John Lewis attacked by police on Bloody Sunday

John Lewis attacked by police on Bloody Sunday

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district

U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district

The Edmund Pettus Bridge was declared a National Historic Landmark on March 11, 2013. That took awhile. It’s NOW time to rename the bridge to The John Lewis Bridge.

 

Portions of blog taken from Wikipedia and http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/eyewitness/html.php?section=2.