Public Buildings

Vaughn - Smitherman Museum

Vaughn - Smitherman Museum Selma Alabama

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.

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 brunch, bridal or wedding showers and receptions.

Rental Fees
  • Facility: $250.00
  • Security deposit: $250.00 (refundable)

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Stephanie E. Menifee

Director of Public Buildings



Public Buildings Department
1000 Selma Avenue
Selma, AL 36701


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


(334) 874-2145



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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