1990, Congress directed the Secretary of the Interior to study the route of 1965.

1993, National Park Service’s National Trail Study recommended that the 54 mile route become a component of the national trail system, administered by the National Park Service.

1996, the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) recommended the route as an All American Road, the highest Federal designation a road can receive under the National Scenic Byways Program.

November 12, 1996, President Bill Clinton signed the law designating the march route as the “Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail”.

1999, a portion of Highway 80, three miles east was designated as Dr. Frederick D. Reese Parkway, in honor of his persistent spirit for justice for all Americans born or naturalized in the United States.

2004, Selma Friends Trail group began collaboration with the Yellowstone National Park Service on research and development of a shared tour/transportation system for the “Trail”.