The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute chronicles and preserves the historical journey for the right to vote that began when the seeds of democracy were first planted by the “founding fathers” in 1776.
The founders of the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute envisioned a space that captured the essence of struggles to empower America’s people through the ballot box. Most of the founders were participants or supporters to the Voting Rights Movement of the 60s which culminated in Selma, Alabama on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. There, people were brutally attacked by officers of the law as they marched to protest the death of Jimmy Lee Jackson and to demand the right to vote.
Following this tragic event and the monumental Selma to Montgomery march, the Voting Rights Act was passed. “My country tis of thee, sweet land of liberty” gained new meaning for millions of black, brown and red people who had been America’s stepchildren.
It is, therefore, fitting and proper that the National Voting Rights Museum be located in Selma, Alabama near the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the corner stone of the contemporary struggles for voting and human dignity.
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