Alagasco unveiled its final “Lighting the Way” commemorative gaslight today in Selma, Ala.
Alagasco President and Chief Operating Officer Dudley Reynolds joined Selma Mayor George Evans and other city leaders at the entrance of the city’s Riverfront Park.
“We are thankful that Selma is one of the cities selected to receive this distinguished honor from Alagasco. The gaslight is such an eloquent lamp to commemorate our place in the state’s history and will be a valued tourist attraction to everyone who visits Selma for its rich history,” Evans said.
The Riverfront Park is located on the Alabama River, just blocks from the famous Edmund Pettus Bridge. The bridge gained worldwide attention when civil rights marchers were confronted by Alabama State Troopers in 1965.
“Selma will be forever remembered for events that illuminated for the rest of the nation the significance of the civil rights movement,” Reynolds said. “This gaslight represents our respect for the lessons of history, and our hopes and dreams for tomorrow.”
“This gaslight will continue to remind us of the place that this great city has in the halls of our history. It is our hope that it will serve as a beacon of hope, just as the many giants did that came before us,” said Chasseny Lewis, district director for Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell.
This light is the last of five that Alagasco dedicated in cities across Alabama. Alagasco employees were asked to recommend locations of significant historical events to receive the commemorative gaslight. Earlier this year, gaslights were dedicated in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery and Anniston.