On February 21st, Selma High School Site Facilitator, Louretta Wimberly led a “Black Heritage in School Tour” for her students. Ms. Wimberly has presented this tour many times before during Black History Month, as the information is the product of The Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission. The tour was developed under her leadership as she has worked as the Chairperson of the council.


This tour took place in Selma High School and led students and staff through different parts of Black History in Alabama.

The topics included:

  • Keeper Of the Faith: Early Education of Blacks in the Church
  • Cahaba, Alabama: The first capitol of Alabama, which is only 15 miles from Selma
  • Rosenwalds Schools to Public Schools
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • The Civil Rights Era in Alabama
  • The Voting Rights Movement
  • The Selma to Montgomery March, which led to the passing of the Voting Rights Bill in August of 1965
  • The Selma to Montgomery Historic March route being declared a National Historic Road and in 1996, it being declared as an All American Historic Road. this makes it the only road listed in the National Trails by the National Park Service taken by African Americans.


The tour lasted all day and gave students the chance to learn about the history that surrounds them. Ms. Wimberly loved leading the tour and we are so glad that she was able to share all of this information with our students!

Information submitted by: Ms. Louretta Wimberly

Written by: Ashton Ray