Selma restaurant owners prepare for busy weekend

SELMA, Ala. (WIAT) – It’s a historical weekend in Selma, not only for the community, but also the United States.

On Friday afternoon, traffic was bumper to bumper as people drove into the city. The sidewalks were also packed with people taking pictures and soaking in the atmosphere.

Including a large group of young adults from Houston, Texas. They started their journey to Selma late Thursday night and arrived midday on Friday. This was an 11-hour drive that the group says, “wasn’t that bad.”

Efe Osaren says she got chills when she walked across the bridge.

“The movie just came out so I was trying to picture the midpoint when they told them to stop walking. At one point I stopped in the middle and just kind of imagined them being on the streets and everybody running and everybody being hit,” said Osaren.

Restaurant owner Paul Wilkerson owns and managers Tally Ho with his wife. He says he is preparing for the massive crowds and even made a special menu to help their kitchen staff work more efficiently.

“We try to instill the southern hospitality. This is our home, so we welcome people into our home every day. They are not customers they are guest,” said Wilkerson.

With thousands expected this weekend from all over the United States, Wilkerson says he is happy to represent his city during this historic weekend.

“We want people leaving with good memories of the Tally Ho restaurant, and good memories of Selma. We want to make Selma proud,” Wilkerson said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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