Southern Pacific

Dozens of sites in Selma and Montgomery, and the entire 50-some-mile length of US-80 between them, are being documented, preserved, and protected as part of the Civil Rights Movement National Historic Trail. It’s a challenging story to tell, and so far two of three planned National Park Service interpretive centers are opened, on the north side of US-80 near White Hall (334/877-1983, Mon.-Sat., free) and in Selma (2 Broad St., 334/872-0509, Mon.-Sat., free). The centers have information on the Selma-to-Montgomery marches and explore the larger context of the civil rights movement through interactive displays and a film.

Just east of Hayneville is the place where Viola Liuzzo, a white homemaker from Detroit who volunteered to help shuttle marchers between Montgomery and Selma, was murdered by the KKK. A small memorial stands on the site, on the south side of US-80 between Petronia and Lowndesboro.