Local mayors will discuss revitalizing and preserving the Civil Rights Trail


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Four Alabama mayors will meet in the capital on Saturday to discuss efforts to revitalize and preserve the Civil Rights Trail.

Mayor of Montgomery Steven Reed, Mayor of Selma James Perkins, Mayor of Marion Dexter Hinton and Mayor of White Hall Delmartre Bethel will work with the Conservation Fund ahead of the 60th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery in 2025.

Project leader Phillip Howard said connecting, preserving and revitalizing important sites will require building relationships.

“Building trust with the community, building trust with the stewards of history, wonderful organizations that have been doing our hard work for years already,” Howard said.

Howard added that communities need to work together and have access to the resources necessary to preserve history so it doesn’t die with the next generation.

“I have two young children,” he said, “I want them to know what happened in Marion, and I want them to know what happened in Whitehall, in Lawrenceburg and Selma and Montgomery and Anniston and Tuskegee and Birmingham.”

Federal stakeholders will also be present at the meeting to discuss preservation strategies.

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