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Hundreds march in Frankfort for Bloody Sunday re-enactment

Posted at 9:52 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 04:45:09-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — On March 7, 1965, several hundred civil rights activists began a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in protest of voting rights discrimination.

Many of them were met with hostility and violence. At the Edmund Pettus Bridge, law enforcement officers attacked the marchers.

That day is now known as Bloody Sunday.

On Sunday, hundreds honored those activists in Frankfort by reenacting their march.

"Many of those heroes who crossed the bridge 55 years ago are no longer with us, but their legacy lives on through people like you, who have picked up the baton and marched it further down the road," State Representative Derrick Graham said.

College students from all over the area attended the march.

"Remembering the people that walked the walk and talked the talk and being in their shoes was very emotional," said UK student Joi Craig.

Also in attendance were Civil Rights activists, like Mattie Jones, who participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery.

"We are going to march on until victory is won," said Jones.