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Exclusive: City of St. Jude Campsite 4 Experience


The City of St. Jude's 38-acre campus was the only place that had the capacity and it's officials, the guts to let the freedom marchers rest in Montgomery.

"Our job is to tell the story and continually tell the story," City of St. Jude Executive Director Doug Watson said.

Now officials want to honor the 25,000 Selma to Montgomery marchers that rested there that night and the many celebrities who came to encourage and entertain the marchers during the Stars for Freedom Rally.

"We kept them, feed them, camped out here, those that wanted to camp out and entertained them," Watson said.

It's called the "Campsite 4 Experience." The proposed project consists of five components.

The Monumental Amphitheater will tell the story of the Stars for Freedom Rally, a re-creation of the original stage where entertainers like Harry Belafonte and Peter, Paul and Mary energized the marchers.

"The marchers actually camped out over here. The make-shift stage was located back here," Watson said.

Exclusive video, pictures and other memorabilia will be displayed in the Interpretive Center located in the existing administration building.

The historic Interpretive Trail will display 10,000 commemorative pavers with the names of marchers.

"we wanted to get the community behind us," Watson said.

A project officials say has been in the works for a year that will take the help of public and private donors and corporate sponsorships.

The city of St. Jude is relying on public and private donors as well as corporate sponsorships to help fund this project.

For contribution information call 334-265-6791.

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