BRIDGES AS SYMBOLS

Throughout history, bridges have been witnesses to historical events, some transforming into symbols. After understanding the bridge as structure, visitors will visit the bridge as a symbol, those embodying both a theme and an era, told through historical context and stories by those who lived through them. These bridges could include: 

 

  • The Edmund Pettus Bridge (Selma, Alabama) - the setting of Bloody Sunday in 1965, a rallying point for African Americans to highlight racial discrimination
     

  • “Old Bridge”, (Mostar, Bosnia, and Herzegovina) - a 16th century Ottoman bridge destroyed in 1993 during the Bosnian conflict and since rebuilt, a de facto border between Muslims and Catholics. It has since been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
     

  • Glienecker Bridge (Berlin/Potsdam, Germany) - the “Bridge of Spies” at the border of West and East Germany highlighted Superpower tensions. It served as the frontline during the Cold War and as a stage for multiple spy exchanges, starting with U-2 pilot Gary Powers. 

 

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