SELMA, AL (WSFA) - The Selma Police Department says the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge will be closed during the commemorative events of the upcoming 50th anniversary of 'Bloody Sunday'.
The bridge will close to traffic Friday at 7 p.m. and will remain closed until Saturday at 6 p.m. It will again be closed at 10 a.m. Sunday and will reopen at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Thousands of people, including three U.S. presidents and a host of other political leaders and celebrities, are expected to converge on Selma for weekend events that will mark the events of March 7, 1965.
Bloody Sunday as the day became known, saw hundreds lead by Martin Luther King Jr. beaten by Alabama State Troopers as they attempted to cross the bridge for a 54-mile march to Montgomery to demand voting rights.