Friday, April 3, 2020

Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama. August 2018.

When I travelled to Selma I did what all visitors do, I went across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and turned around and looked behind me. It's a piece of infrastructure that serves a practical purpose but also holds so much history.  It's a monument, a memorial- a bridge metaphorically and in reality. I returned a few months later and did what I hope more and more people do - explore the city beyond this view. Seeing pictures from the Bridge Crossing Jubilee this weekend made me think of my first visit - the assumptions I had made about a place and how my perception evolved as I got to know the community who lives in this view everyday.

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