March 9th, 2010
11:38 AM ET

45 years on, Selma priest remembers Bloody Sunday

The Rev. Maurice Ouellet remembers the day vividly: March 7, 1965. As he walked out of church after serving Sunday Mass, he encountered silence. Then sirens.

"Everything was dead, still," said the priest, now 83. "It was haunting. Then the sirens started going. Every kind of siren in Selma was blowing. And I just knew something terrible had happened."

Standing on the steps of St. Elizabeth's - Selma, Alabama's "black" Catholic church - the young white priest was about to witness one of the most iconic days of the civil rights era. It would come to be known as Bloody Sunday.

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