Our first stop today was the Civil Rights Memorial Center. It gives a very powerful look at the struggle to get voting rights for blacks in the south. It really underscores how hard it's been to get as far as we have as a nation, and how far we have yet to go. We drove along US 80, the path of the Selma to Montgomery march, and stopped at the interpretive center at the Selma side of the Edmund Pettis Bridge, which has some interesting interactive exhibits with interviews of participants in the marches, and even some opponents.
From Selma we hit the road for Mississippi. We're now camped at the Marathon Lake campground in Bienville National Forest. It's one of the nicest campgrounds I've ever stayed at. We have a lovely lakefront site with water and power, and the bathrooms here have flush toilets and hot showers. We had a short swim and did a 2 mile walk around the lake and spotted some birds. After dinner, we lay on our picnic blanket and looked at the stars. It's dark enough to see the Milky Way, at least vaguely.