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Then and now: Images of Selma march for the past, present

An estimated 3,000 people attended a commemorative event Wednesday that followed the path of the original Selma-to-Mongomery march for voting rights.

On the left, marchers settle in front of the Alabama State Capitol at approximately 1:25 p.m., March 25, 1965. On the right, commemorative marchers arrive slightly earlier, reaching the Capitol with a police escort, slightly before noon, March 25, 2015.

On the left, National Guardsmen stand watch at the corner of Dexter Avenue and S. Hull Street. Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and the Alabama State Capitol are visible in the background. On the right, young women document the 2015 Selma to Montgomery march with smartphones.

On the left, marchers gather at the Capitol at the end of the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. One man wears a hat that reads “Full Employment.” On the right, modern marchers listen to others announce over the loudspeaker “why we march.” Reasons ranged from unity to immigration reform to ending racial profiling.

Images from 1965 are courtesy of the Alabama Department of Archives and History. Images from 2015 were taken by Alexandra Nicolas, Community News Content editor.