Description - As this All-American Road winds its way from the streets of Selma, Alabama, through the gentle rolling hills of Lowndes County, and into the state's Capitol City of Montgomery, travelers finds themselves transfixed in history. Also designated as a National Historic Trail, this section of U.S. Highway has known many facets of history in its years of existence. However, it wasn't until Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., began leading voting rights demonstrations in Selma early in 1965, culminating with the historic Selma-to-Montgomery March, that the route became internationally known.
After a failed attempt just three weeks earlier, Dr. King marshaled forces that made their way 43 miles from the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Montgomery, giving birth to the most important piece of social legislation in the century. This march helped bring access to the ballot box for many African Americans in Southern states. Here, for the first time in U.S. history, one can reach out and touch live persons who were a part of making this a Scenic Byway and Historic Trail.
- The Selma to Montgomery March Byway is known for it's Cultural and Historical Attractions.
Climate - Much of Alabama receives nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.
Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.
As the name suggests, this byway leads from Selma to Montgomery, across south-central Alabama.
Directions from : From Birmingham follow I-65 south and take Exit 212 to Clanton. From Clanton take Hwy 145 to Hwy 22 and follow Hwy 22 for 45 miles to Selma.
If you are starting in Mongromery take I-65 from Montgomery and get off on Exit 167 to Hwy 80 West. Continue for 43 miles to Selma.
One terminus is located at Brown Chapel, A.M.E. Church on Martin Luther King, Jr., Street between Clark and Selma Avenue in Selma, Alabama. To tour this area, take city streets southeast past many points of interest in Selma. Then cross Edmund Pettus Bridge at Broad St. and Water Avenue, the site of Bloody Sunday (March 7, 1965). After this, continue south onto Hwy. 80. You will pass through Benton, Petronia, Lowndesboro, Mt. Sinai, and other towns on the 43-mile journey to the State Capitol Building in Montgomery, Alabama.