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Residents attempt to save historic Selma house important to the Civil Rights movement


The old Boynton home at the corner of Lapsley and LL Anderson in Selma is well on the road to ruin.

It needs far more than a paint job. Wild vines are taking over. There are holes in the walls, a home shattered by neglect. If you take a peek inside it's pretty clear this place has seen better days.

This is a story of two young men, decades removed from the civil rights movement, who believe the Boynton home should be saved.

"You see snakes and rats coming out but they should restore it because it's historical," said Kendrick Crum who lives next door.

Nigee Courtland lives across the street.

"It would take a lot of money but it's the history that's important to Selma," said Courtland.

It is here where Amelia Boynton started the voter registration drive, the very place where the letter was crafted and signed inviting Dr. Martin Luther King to Selma to lead the voting rights movement. King accepted the invitation and arrived in Selma in early January 1965, just months before 'Bloody Sunday' on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Efforts to raise money to restore the Boynton home haven't gone so well. Mr. Boynton died in 1963. Boynton's widow remarried and now lives in Tuskegee.

WSFA 12 News was unable to reach any supporters of the fundraising drive and it's not clear where the city of Selma stands on the matter. 12 News tried to get information from the mayor's office but never heard back.

At 20 years old Crum and Courtland recognize the fact they weren't even around during the Civil Rights movement but the way they look at it history is history; save it!

Courtland, for one, is considering getting involved to help raise money for the house.

"This is part of Selma and it needs to be remembered," said Crum.

Crum and Courtland acknowledge renovating the house would be an expensive proposition, so the question is will the old home continue to fade into history or turn the corner towards a sturdier future.

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