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Selma officials welcome bridge designation

Tour group walks across Edmund Pettus Bridge Tour group walks across Edmund Pettus Bridge
SELMA, AL (WSFA) -

Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge receives a designation some say is long overdue. The bridge is now officially a National Historic Landmark.

"This bridge has served as a beacon for the struggle for freedom throughout the whole world, you know since the events of Bloody Sunday back in 1965," said Sam Walker, a consultant for the Voting Rights Museum and Institute.

Officials expect the designation to bring even more tourists and tourism dollars to Selma.

"It does add something, because most people know the history behind it, but those who don't will be able to see that marker and recognize it as a landmark and learn more from there," said Jill Anderson, Selma and Dallas County Tourism Director.

National Historic Landmarks are places that possess exceptional value in illustrating U.S. history. 

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