Local students make the trip to remember a day in history

Published: Mar. 9, 2015 at 9:29 PM CDT|Updated: May. 19, 2016 at 9:25 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - University of Evansville students made the trek to Selma, Alabama to remember those who walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago. It became known as "Bloody Sunday."

The students, along with thousands of others, gathered to honor the event that helped with the passage of equal voting rights. It began as a peaceful march that day, but quickly turned violent when demonstrators were attacked by police.

The African American Museum provided funding for students so they could go on the trip.

Cherese Butler and Ashley Leroy both went on the trip and said it was an emotional experience they will never forget.

"I had seen Selma twice prior to going to Selma and I think it just made it so much more breath taking and so much more emotional just going seeing the bridge and the city and trying to imagine it 50 years ago," Butler said.

"Besides 'Bloody Sunday,' and having that as a sad memory, it was also commemorating and remembering the legacy of having those who paved the way for us," Leroy added.

Those who went on the trip say the experience was something they were glad to experience first-hand.

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