MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Newly discovered footage of the Selma-to-Montgomery Voting Rights March is now available to the public.
The Department of Archives & History unveiled film that captures scenes of the third, successful march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, along Highway 80 in Lowndes County and into Montgomery. It also captures scenes of protests in Selma in the days following "Bloody Sunday" and demonstrations by Tuskegee Institute and Alabama State College students.
Most of the video doesn't have audio. It was discovered recently during an inventory of materials from the George Wallace administration. The film footage was shot by the Alabama Sovereignty Commission -- a group the sought to investigate and discredit the efforts of those working to improve civil rights, according to the ADAH.
The ADAH also released 16 newly acquired aerial photographs that were taken by Alabama Air National Guard reconnaissance pilots on March 25, 1965. They are part of two collections recently donated to the ADAH. The photos show the marchers lining up at their final campsite at the City of St. Jude and preparing to march to the Alabama State Capitol. They also show the thousands of marchers pour into downtown Montgomery.
On a mobile device? View the videos on the Alabama Department of Archives & History YouTube channel.
View the aerial photographs in the Alabama Department of Archives & History digital archives.