Hundreds walk across bridge connecting Maine, New Hampshire to remember Selma. (Photo by Tyler Dumont)

Mar 8, 2015 2:40 PM

Portsmouth remembers Selma march

PORTSMOUTH - Dozens gathered at the New Hampshire/Maine border for a memorial walk in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Selma march.

The march calling for peace led to riots. The date of March 7, 1965 would go down in history as "Bloody Sunday." Police violently attacked civil rights protestors and demonstators marching from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

More than 500 people were victimized by state and local authorities, who threw tear gas and struck demonstrators with clubs.

Five decades later, Granite Staters remembered that day with a walk.

It began at a park on Route 1 in Kittery, Maine, near the Memorial Bridge and crossed into Portsmouth on Sunday afternoon.

"It's not done," said participant Diane Kleist. "There's still a lot of Selma going on, and hopefully it will change."


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