As many of you know, this week marks the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery voting rights march of 1965. In the past several months Selma has received lots of attention and has attracted tourists from all over the country. This is due to the approaching 50th anniversary of the march and Oprah's film, Selma, which portrays the march of the voting rights movement which originated in this city. Although I do not live in Selma, I am employed with the system here and cross this bridge into this historic city on a daily basis. The city of Selma is both beautiful in its somewhat preserved architectural buildings and homes which are mostly downtown, but go either right or left after crossing the bridge and it is clear that Selma, once a prosperous town, is largely made up of abandoned buildings and homes and is a town of immense poverty and despair. It is my hope that the attention Selma will receive through the film and the commerce that will attract this weekend with the anniversary of the march, will open the eyes of the people who visit the city and that the visitors who visit will generate much income for Selma. Although it is a city that is in desperate need of some love and attention, it is very historical and charming.
Prior to settlement by Europeans,the area of present-day Selma had been inhabited for thousands of years by varying cultures of indigenous peoples. French explorers and colonists were the first Europeans to explore the area. Selma was later incorporated in 1820. During the Civil War, Selma was of the South's main military manufacturing centers, producing tons of supplies and munitions, and turning out Confederate warships such as the ironclad, Tennessee. This strategic concentration of manufacturing capabilities eventually made Selma a target of Union raids into Alabama late in the Civil War.
On Saturday, David and I went to the historic St. James Hotel located in downtown Selma on Water Avenue. We had lunch and drinks at the hotel's restaurant ,The Troupe Dining Room, and it was very nice! We talked to the Chef, who told us that he is in the process of changing up the menu to include new entrees and appetizers and we are so excited to see what he has planned for the menu! Af lunch, we walked through downtown exploring old buildings and historical monuments, including the historically famous Edmund Pettus Bridge. As I mentioned earlier, I cross this bridge everyday so walking across is nothing special to me but there are people who have flocked to Selma from all over the country just to see the bridge and explore the city. So I guess for someone who hasn't seen it or been to it, it's kind of a big deal! And it is beautiful! Anyway David and I took pictures all over downtown Selma Saturday afternoon and I think we got some pretty good shots! For the occasion, I wore this blush pink French Connection dress that has a beautiful drop waist that I just love so much! It has that 20's elegance to it and I just can't get enough! And how beautiful are the blush/antique roses we found? I saw them and fell in love with their unusual color so I got them for the pictures and I think they look great! For dinner at the hotel, I wore this dress with my nude pumps for more of an elegant look and then changed into these adorable nude oxford flats for strolling downtown! Both went with the dress perfect! I opted for minimal accessories to go with this dress because I didn't want to take away from the dress itself. So I wore my starburst-style crystal studs, my Ronaldo bracelets, my rings, and my Ted Baker purse. For my hair, I went for my go to soft, loose curls. Here are some of our pictures we took Saturday and I hope you guys enjoy seeing some of Selma! Be sure to subscribe to the blog to receive updates as I post! Have any of you ever visited Selma? Comment below to let me know!