Public Buildings

Public Buildings

The Department of Public Buildings is in the Performing Arts Center located at 1000 Selma Ave., Selma, Alabama. This department oversees the use and maintenance of all public buildings owned by the City of Selma. This includes booking events for the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center, the Larry D. Striplin, Jr. Performing Art Center and the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum. The City of Selma’s Ceramic Art Program also falls under the umbrella of the Public Buildings Department.

Mission Statement

The Department of Public Buildings is a multi-department which office the use of the Public Facilities. The facilities are to encourage a balance of use to meet the:  cultural, recreational, educational, social and community needs of the citizens of Selma/Dallas County and surrounding communities. The mission shall be accomplished primarily by providing facilities that are maintained and operationally ready to meet the needs of those who desire to use them; to assist the public in coordination and production of events; to provide service to those with special needs. The Public Buildings staff is committed to ensuring that the facilities and service provide a positive impression of the City of Selma.

Rental dates and to reserve buildings call (334) 874-2146 Monday -Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

he Larry D. Striplin, Jr. Performing Art Center, the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center, and the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum are all available for use by the general public. To find out more information about each building and the Ceramic Art Program follow the links above.

Stephanie Menifee

Director of Public Buildings



Public Buildings Department
1000 Selma Ave
Selma, AL 36701


Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


(334) 874-2145

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Located at 1000 Selma Avenue, the Larry D. Striplin, Jr. Performing Art Center was part of a restoration project which encompassed almost an entire city block and included the restoration of the Walton Theater, an abandoned movie theatre that had been home to the children of Selma every Saturday afternoon during the forties and fifties. Today the Performing Art Center hosts a variety of events that enhance the cultural aspects of Selma. In addition, the work of local artists is often displayed in to showcase the talents and gifts of beloved Selma citizens; admission to the exhibits is free. Movies Tuesday afternoon is movie day for Selma’s Senior Citizens at the old Walton Theater. Each Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., Senior Citizens can view a different movie. The Selma Downtown Association provides popcorn and Pepsi to moviegoers. During the summer months, movies will be shown for Selma’s children every Wednesday afternoon. A recent and exciting addition to our weekly movie schedule is the showing of newly released movies on Thursdays (7 pm), Fridays (4 pm and 7 pm) and Saturdays (1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm). A family movie is shown every Saturday at 10:00 am. For ticket information and showtimes, call the Box Office at (334) 878-3456 or visit the theater’s website at Rentals The Performing Arts Center is available for rent to the general public Mondays through Wednesdays weekly. It is ideal for business meetings, small banquets, and workshops.
Located at 211 Washington St. the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center is part of the municipal complex constructed in 1976. It was named for Carl C. Morgan, who served as President of the Selma City Council from 1964-2000. He also served approximately 14 months as Mayor of Selma when Mayor Joe T. Smitherman stepped down in August 1979. The building itself covers 10,000 square feet and is built in the Greek Revival style of architecture that dominated the 1840-1850 period. The cupola on top of the Convention Center is a faithful reproduction of the cupola that sat atop the first Alabama capitol building in Old Cahaba. The Convention Center can seat 400 people for a dinner meeting, and 475 for a regular meeting. It has catering kitchen facilities and several conference rooms lining the main meeting room which makes it capable of handling a wide variety of events including banquets, receptions, exhibitions, dances and civic meetings.
First built in 1847 by the Selma Fraternal Lodge No. 27 of the Free and Accepted Masons as a school for orphans and children of indigent Masons, the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum has had a long history of service to the city of Selma. Throughout the years it has functioned as a school, a Confederate Hospital, a Freedman’s Bureau Hospital – making it Selma’s first African American Hospital, the Dallas County Courthouse, a Military School, the Vaughan Memorial Hospital, and finally a museum depicting Selma’s history from it’s founding until about 1960. The Vaughan-Smitherman Museum is home to the Art Lewis Collection of Documents and includes a pardon signed by President Abraham Lincoln just four days before his assassination as well as other documents related to business and people from Selma’s past. Stepping onto the third floor of the Museum is the same as stepping in the old Vaughan Memorial Hospital. The floors and walls have been restored to a vintage mid nineteenth century hospital and different departments of the hospital have been recreated such as the delivery room, nursery and operating room. As with the other public buildings this one is also available for rent. The elegant furnishings and gardens make the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum ideal for those weddings and wedding receptions.

The Ceramic Art Program has been operating in the basement of the Old Dallas Academy Building for over 50 years. With over 1500 molds from which to choose, participants in the program are limited only by their imagination. The program is open to everyone who is willing to pay a $15.00 yearly membership fee. Firing costs and paint costs are built into the individual piece prices with the majority of pieces falling into the $2.00 – $6.00 range. Each summer the Ceramic Art Program offers two sessions of summer Art Camp for children 8 years old to 16 years. The cost of the program is $100.00 per child. In the sessions the children work with local artists to create a minimum of seven individual works of art such as glazed ceramic pieces, stained ceramic pieces, acrylic paintings, and wire sculpture to name just a few.

Located at #2 Lawrence Street,is great for hosting a party, banquet, wedding or other reception or other social event.

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Severe Weather Alert!


Due to the threat of severe weather, all non-essential city services will be closed on Friday, March 18, 2022.  The City will continue to monitor the situation and depending on the severity of the event may make further changes to hours of operation. 

The Selma Police & Fire Departments will be on regular duty and Public Works will be on call working diligently to address issues as they occur, along with reporting issues to the Alabama Department of Transportation and local utility companies.

Residents are encouraged to stay informed and take proper precautions.  Please stay off roadways as conditions, power lines, and/or trees may be impacted.

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