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Vaughan-Smitherman Museum

109 Union Street, Selma, AL 36701, USA

Built in 1874 by the Selma Masonic Order to serve as a university, the building served as a hospital for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War and later as the Vaughan Memorial Hospital, the county courthouse and as a military school. The building also houses the Art Lewis collection of historical documents including many documents pertaining to the Civil War such as money, pardons, information on the Independent Blues as well as many others. There is also a collection of artifacts taken from the Alabama River that were manufactured at the Confederate Naval Foundry and thrown into the river when General Wilson captured Fort Selma at the end of the Civil War.


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From Montgomery take Highway 80 west to Selma. From I-65 in Birmingham take exit 22 at Clanton; follow Highway 22 to Selma. Take Alabama Avenue to Smitherman Building.

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, tours, information, handicapped access, museum.

Regular Events

March, Historic Selma Pilgrimage and Antique Show.

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Admission Fee

Ages 12+ $3.00; group rates available.


Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.; Other times by appointment.



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