On this day in Alabama history: Gee’s Bend Ferry back in service

On this day in Alabama history: Gee’s Bend Ferry back in service
Gee's Bend, 2010. The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

September 18, 2006

Gee’s Bend Ferry returned to service in Camden after being shut down for more than 40 years. The ferry, which provides critical access across the Alabama River, was shut down in 1962 in what was viewed as an attempt to make it more difficult for African-American residents to travel to the county seat of Camden to register to vote. After Congress allocated money in the 1990s, the Alabama Department of Transportation commissioned a new ferry, which was put into service. The ferry is being converted to an all-electric version this year.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

For more on Alabama’s Bicentennial, visit Alabama 200.

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