Natchez Trace Parkway to Show Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail Film Never Lose Sight of Freedom
TUPELO, MS – Justice and equality for all does not always come easy. Non-violent marches and demonstrations that engaged deeply committed men, women, and children were essential to the success of the 1960s Civil Rights movement across America. During Black History Month in February, in remembrance of that struggle for justice and equality, the Natchez Trace Parkway Visitor Center will host an informative photo display and the documentary film Never Lose Sight of Freedom.
This 25-minute film showcases both tragic and inspirational events that occurred during the 1965 demonstration march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Thousands of people walked 54 miles over four days to stand at the Alabama State Capitol building and petition the governor for their right to vote. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail now leads across the Edmund Pettus Bridge National Historic Landmark. This historic landmark bridge is where this march was temporarily stopped with violence and serves to remind visitors of the determination and sacrifices made for justice.
The Black History Month’s photo display features national park units within a day’s drive of Tupelo, Mississippi that commemorate the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans.
The Parkway Visitor Center is located along the Parkway at milepost 266, just north of Tupelo, Mississippi. For more information, please visit the NPS website at www.nps.gov/natr or call 1-800-305-7417.