Selma Friends Association

About Trail

  • 1990
    Congress directed the Secretary of the Interior to study the route of 1965.
  • 1993
    National Park Service’s National Trail Study recommended that the 54 mile route become a component of the national trail system, administered by the National Park Service.
  • 1996
    the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) recommended the route as an All American Road, the highest Federal designation a road can receive under the National Scenic Byways Program.
  • November 12, 1996
    President Bill Clinton signed the law designating the march route as the “Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail”.
  • 1999
    a portion of Highway 80, three miles east was designated as Dr. Frederick D. Reese Parkway, in honor of his persistent spirit for justice for all Americans born or naturalized in the United States.
  • 2000
    Selma elected its first African American mayor, James Perkins, Jr.
  • 2004
    Selma Friends Trail group began collaboration with the Yellowstone National Park Service on research and development of a shared tour/transportation system for the “Trail”.

History

July 10, 22-23, 1997 Public Meeting Reports – Comments on Draft Master Plan
August 25, 1997 Memo – AL-DOT Project SB-AL96(001) Scenic Byway/All American Road/Historic Trail
September 23, 1997 Cooperative Agreement (Department of Interior and Friends Association)
September 29, 1997 Invitation Letters to Organizational Meeting
October 16, 1997 Agenda of the Organizational Meeting
October 20, 1997 Draft Letter – Appointment of Steering Committee
October 30, 1997 Original Steering Committee Meeting Agenda
November 15, 1997 Invitation Letter to Public Meeting to Adopt Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws
November 20, 1997 Agenda of Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws Adoption Meeting (Missing)
December 9, 1997 Letter – Invitation to 1st Annual Meeting
December 29, 1997 Agenda 1st Annual Meeting
January 8, 1998 Letter – Standing Committee Appointments
January 8, 1998 Letter – Called Meeting Invitation to Complete Appointment Process
January 15, 1998 Letter – Called Meeting Invitation to Complete Appointment Process
January 29, 1998 Agenda 2nd Meeting to Complete Election-Appointments
February 26, 1998 Agenda – February Called Meeting
March 12, 1998 Agenda – Historic Trail Workshop 1
March 12, 1998 Agenda – March Executive Committee Meeting
March 26, 1998 By-Laws (No attachment)
March 31, 1998 Certificate of Incorporation (No attachment)
April 6, 1998 Agenda – April Executive Committee Meeting
June 11, 1998 Agenda – Historic Trail Workshop 2
June 20, 1998 Agenda – June Executive Committee Meeting
August 18, 1998 Agenda – August Executive Committee Meeting
August 29, 1998 Letters – Invitation to 2nd Annual Meeting
September 17, 1998 Agenda – Annual Membership Meeting
October 1998 Original Board of Directors Membership
Fall 1998 Cris Abbett, NPS Presents Original Logo to Dr Reese
April 23, 1999 Selma-Dallas County Interpretative Center Site Search, Request for Information
June 22, 1999 Thank you letters to non-ranking properties
June 22, 1999 Thank you letters to the Top 5 Ranking properties
June 22, 1999 Thank you letter to Number 1 Ranking
June 22, 1999 Site Selection Request for Information Evaluation and Ranking Process
July 5, 1999 Letter to Rick McCollough NPS Presenting Site Recommendation
July 15, 1999 Letter of Support from City of Selma, Mayor Joe T. Smitherman

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

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The City of Selma owns the Selma Interpretive Center facility.

The National Park Service staffs and manages the Selma Interpretive Center.

Yes. Volunteerism is encouraged. Just stop by the Center and talk to NPS personnel.