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Alabama Senate seeks to rename Edmund Pettus Bridge

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama senators are seeking to rename Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge, a historic site in the voting rights movement that also bears the name of a Ku Klux Klan officer.

Senators on Wednesday approved a resolution to rename it the Journey to Freedom Bridge. The bridge became a symbol of the fight for voting rights after marchers were beaten by state troopers in 1965.

The bridge is Selma's most notable landmark, but its KKK association has drawn the ire of some in the majority black city. Pettus was a U.S senator, a Confederate general and a KKK grand dragon.

The Alabama House of Representatives has not voted on the idea.

Asked if the name can be changed by resolution, a state transportation department spokesman said they are reviewing the resolution.

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