MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Marchers were unsuccessful on both Bloody Sunday and the following Tuesday. But eventually, a third march finally reached the state capital in Montgomery.
A number of Montgomery events are planned later this month, but Friday three new pieces of art were unveiled in the city along the Voting Rights Trail.
The first piece is in the City of St. Jude where marchers moving into Montgomery were welcomed. It was also their final rest stop. It's now the home of a new sculpture.
Artist Barrett Bailey and a team of artists made two sculptures to signify the start and finish of the trail.
Both depict the Selma to Montgomery marchers. One signifies the figures leaving the sculpture and actually walking the trail themselves.
What's cut out of the sculpture sits at Five Points near downtown Montgomery.
A new mural also sits less than a mile from the marchers' final destination. A different type of art, a snapshot of what happened 50 years ago.
Montgomery native Sunny Paulk painted the masterpiece. For her it was more than a work of art.
"I think it'll really get a conversation going about where we are today in the struggle," Paulk said.
Montgomery's Public Art Commission was behind the project. It's part of about $8 million the city is spending in total to celebrate the anniversary.
That money came from the Department of Transportation federal funds and other grants, which kept the city from dipping into the general fund.