Tiger Giving Day 2021 Funds Civil Rights Historical Research

The Selma Project

Thanks to your support on Tiger Giving Day last week, the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) has the funding to support an interdisciplinary team researching the historical Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The bridge was the site of the Bloody Sunday violence against peaceful civil rights activists in 1965. Your gifts will enable researchers to identify the marchers who crossed the bridge on that historic day. Auburn University Honors students will use archival materials, photographs, interviews and site visits to help identify these brave men and women. “As always, our great supporters have come through for the college again,” said Melissa Foster Denney, CADC’s Development Director. “I’m excited but not surprised that we have met our 2021 Tiger Giving Day goal. Your support will bring new life to the history of Bloody Sunday.”

If you missed the chance to contribute on Tiger Giving Day, you can still help out. Any additional funds will support the next phase of the project, which is the three dimensional modeling of the events of Bloody Sunday. While the Edmund Pettus Bridge is a well-preserved historical structure, the buildings and infrastructure around the bridge are now unrecognizable. With help from our donors, we can continue research that will help to create a model of the bridge’s surroundings as they looked that day. These findings and models will be shared with civil rights museums to educate future generations. 

To donate, please contact Christopher Griffin, CADC Development Associate.