- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

SELMA, Ala. (AP) - Selma city officials say the 75th anniversary celebration of the Edmund Pettus bridge has been pushed back because of a scheduling concern.

City councilman Susan Keith tells the Selma Times-Journal a celebration that was scheduled for June 19 at the foot of the bridge has been pushed back to June 30.

The initial date coincided with Juneteenth - the anniversary of the end of slavery - and Keith says the celebration could have been considered hurtful or offensive.

The bridge’s namesake, Edmund Pettus, was a two-term U.S senator, a Confederate general and a KKK grand dragon. The span was the scene of violent police opposition to a march for voting rights in 1965, and some lawmakers recently sought to change the structure’s name to the Journey to Freedom Bridge.

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Information from: Times Journal, https://www.selmatimesjournal.com/

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