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Iconic civil rights bridge in Selma could soon be lighted.

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APR's Pat Duggins

Organizers say a project to light the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma could be completed by next summer. The Reverend Mike Lewis of the Selma Bridge Lights Project gave an update on the timeline this week. Lewis had proposed the idea in 2017 as a way of attracting more people to visit Selma. About six hundred protesters marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on a day in 1965. The event became known as Bloody Sunday. The late civil rights leader John Lewis, leading the demonstrators across the bridge in a protest for voting rights, was knocked to the ground and beaten by law enforcement officers. Alabama Public Radio was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists with a “Salute to Excellence” award for our documentary on the 50th anniversary of “bloody Sunday” on the Edmund Pettus Bridge. Click below to hear that story again.

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