Rating:
No votes cast

Camden-Gee's Bend Cable Ferry

Photos 

Old cable ferry between Camden and Gees Bend, Alabama

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-USF33- 030356-M3 [P&P]

View this photo at cdn.loc.gov

BH Photo #315057

Map 

Video 

The Ferry: A Civil Rights Story | Retro Report

Weeks before Selma's Bloody Sunday in 1965, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urged residents of Gee's Bend, Ala., to vote, and fed a continuing fight over a small ferry that would last for decades.

Video also includes footage of old and new ferries in operation.

RETRO REPORT

Play video on YouTube

Description 

Discontinuation of this crude but necessary ferry in 1962 grew into a civil rights issue by 1965, including a visit here by The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., just 3 weeks before "Bloody Sunday" at the Edmund Pettus Bridge http://bridgehunter.com/al/dallas/2273/ in Selma.

More recently, it has been replaced by a modern ferry.

Facts 

Overview
Lost Ferry across Majors Creek
Location
Wilcox County, Alabama
Status
Replaced by a new ferry
Design
Cable ferry crossing
Approximate latitude, longitude
+32.05327, -87.31175   (decimal degrees)
32°03'12" N, 87°18'42" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/470570/3546383 (zone/easting/northing)
Inventory number
BH 65859 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Categories 

Alabama (870)
Cable Ferry (5)
Ferry (119)
Lost (18,687)
Lost 1962 (32)
Lost during 1960s (405)
Replaced by new bridge (12,386)
Wilcox County, Alabama (4)

Update Log 

  • March 9, 2015: New video from Roger Deschner
  • February 4, 2015: Added by Dave King

Sources 

  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Roger Deschner - rogerdeschner [at] gmail [dot] com