Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Interpretive Center

The National Park Service has chosen Alabama State University in Montgomery as the location for the third and final interpretative center along the Selma-to-Montgomery National Voting Rights Trail.

The park service and university President Gwendolyn Boyd signed a memorandum of understanding Monday. The signing comes one year before Alabama plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 march.

Several sites in the capital city competed for the interpretative center, but officials said community support and resources clinched it for ASU.

State officials have awarded Alabama State University with $800,000 in grant funding for the Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Interpretive Center.

The funding will be added to an existing grant of $1.2 million.

Director of Alabama State University's National Center for the study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture says the center will be located near Hornet Stadium on the university's campus.

Organizers say they hope to open the center in time for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March in March 2015.