This program is a rebroadcast of a 2005 interview by Anne Kimzey with musicians Cast King and Matt Downer from Sand Mountain. Guitarist and songwriter Cast King and his former band The Country Drifters recorded with Sun Records of Memphis in the 1950s. Matt Downer, a young musician, worked with Mr. King for a few years to learn his guitar style and to record his music and life history. During the program Mr. King performed three of the approximately 500 songs he wrote in his lifetime. Cast King died in 2007.
This special radio series will air every Sunday at 5:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:
Sorry for pestering you, but I want to remind you that this Monday, September 24, is the deadline for pre-registration for the 2012 Fall Pilgrimage. You can find the registration form in
your Newsletter or at the AHA homepage http://www.archives.state.al.us/aha/aha.html
Full Registration cost is $50 for both days or $25 for one day.
Friday features a dinner at the Bell Conference Center on the University of West Alabama campus, followed by a presentation on Fort Tombecbe and a Ghost Tour of downtown Livingston.
Saturday begins with an optional early-morning tour of the Black Belt Prairie Restoration, a presentation on the Barbecue Clubs of Sumter County, a barbecue lunch, and the traditional architectural tours of
nine homes, covered bridges, and churches.
From: Marketing [marketing@...] Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 11:20 AM Subject: Museum Day Live at Old Alabama Town, Saturday Sept 29
Old Alabama Town Joins
National Museum Day Live! Free Admission for All Participants
On Saturday September 29, 2012, Old Alabama Town will open its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for
the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which
Old Alabama Town will emulate the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide.
Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day
only, Old Alabama Town will grant free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers, and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to
History lives at Old Alabama Town, where six blocks of authentically restored 19th and early 20th century structures beckon you to step
back in time to the days of one-room schoolhouses, grist mills and cotton gins—all without leaving the heart of downtown Montgomery. From lavish antebellum mansions to humble log cabins and slave quarters, at Old Alabama Town you will learn how early Americans
of all backgrounds lived and worked in Central Alabama. Currently on exhibit at Old Alabama Town is “Alabama Illustrated,” an exhibition of 19th century era engraved newspaper illustrations from the Permanent Collection of the Birmingham Public
The Museum Day Live! Ticket is available to download at
Smithsonian.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day
Live! Ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions,
please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday.
About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, as well as Air & Space, goSmithsonian, Smithsonian
Media Digital Network, and the Smithsonian Channel. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex
consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.
Administration Fellowship Recipient
Wynton Marsalis and Howard Bankhead
Barbara Edwards, Deputy Director of the Council, interviews Howard Bankhead, executive director of Tennessee Valley Jazz Society, Inc. and the 2013 recipient of the Council Arts Administration Fellowship Award.
Under Howard’s leadership, Tennessee Valley Jazz Society has presented “Jazz Education-in-the Schools” programs since 1998. Approximately, 26,500 young people living in the metro Huntsville area have been exposed to jazz artists and jazz music. Additionally, the organization sponsors the annual Jazz-N-June Festival
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Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 3:04 PM Subject: Downtown Walking Tour Sept 29 "River, Rails & Rights" with Mary Ann Neeley
SEPTEMBER 29 "RIVER, RAILS AND RIGHTS" 9-11 A.M.
Landmarks Foundation invites you to join historians Dr. Richard Bailey and Mary Ann Neeley for their annual 'River, Rails and Rights Tour' on Saturday, September 29, 9:00a.m. Tour will begin at the Commerce
Street entrance to the Tunnel and conclude outside the Rosa Parks Museum. The tour will include discussions on historic transportation civil rights issues and Montgomery's role. Wear comfortable walking shoes and attire as the activity begins with a trek along
the Riverfront, a walk along Commerce to Court Square and along Montgomery St. to Rosa Parks Museum. Bring water.
The Tour is FREE to Landmarks members and children under 12; $5.00 to the General Public. Call 240-4500 or 240-4518 for further information.
"Frank Adams's account of his life as a musician in Birmingham is fascinating on its own, with his rich stories of life on the road, the bands of Duke Ellington and Sun Ra, and the fabled music teacher Fess Whatley. But his memories of the development of the
city's culture, the role of African American educational institutions, life under segregation, and the struggle for civil rights give this fine book an epic feel, and show us sides of Birmingham that historians have missed."-John Szwed, author of
Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World and Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra
Also of Interest
W. C. Handy
The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues
"Robertson's work is a fascinating look at not only Handy's life but the history and business of American music."
Living Legends: Frank "Doc" Adams Frank "Doc" Adams will perform with the Birmingham Heritage Band.
The event is free and open to the public.
Date: October 25, 2012
Time: Doors open at 6:30 pm; concert starts at 7:00 pm
Location: Bama Theatre
600 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
We invite you to join us Thursday night, October 4, for a great night of music in Downtown Troy at The Studio. The doors will open at 6:00 and The Ben Franklins: Jacob Grant and Zach Spann will begin the music at 6:30. Tickets are $12.50 and may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 670-2287. Bring your own refreshments and enjoy a great night with the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center!
Tin Man: the art of Charlie Lucas
Visit The Johnson Center for the Arts to see the works of Charlie Lucas, known as the Tin Man. Lucas uses repurposed materials in his pieces including tin, iron, pipes, wood and tiles.
October 14, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Roots Exhibit: Artists of Pike County, 3-D Fine Art
November 15 - January 4
See the works of three-dimensional Pike County artists. These community members showcase their talents working with pottery, glass, iron, metal and even paper.
We hope you will join us soon!
Morgan Drinkard Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center
Johnson Center for the Arts | 300 East Walnut | Troy | AL | 36081
2012 HLA recipient Fannie Flagg with the award’s namesake, Harper Lee. (photo by Alex Roberts)
The Alabama Writers’ Forum invites nominations for the Harper Lee Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Writer of the Year 2013. The award will be made to a living, nationally recognized Alabama writer who has made a significant, lifelong contribution to Alabama letters. The honor recognizes those who primarily write creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, memoir, poetry, or a combination of these. This is not an award for journalistic, historical, nor scientific writing, nor is it an award for service, scholarly research, nor teaching. Nominations must be received by November 1, 2012.
The award carries a $5,000 stipend and an original Frank Fleming bronze rendering of the Monroeville Courthouse Clock Tower. The Harper Lee Award for 2013 will be presented with its sister award, the Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Alabama’s Distinguished Scholar of the Year, at the Alabama Writers Symposium at Alabama Southern Community College in Monroeville, April 25-27, 2013.
To nominate Harper Lee Award candidates, write a letter telling briefly why the writer is eligible to be considered for the award. List her or his books, awards, and other credentials as a published writer. A brief resume of the writer (one-two pages maximum) is helpful but not required. Do not send photocopies of works, reviews, etc. Do not send books. The awards committee may request supplementary material. Be sure to list the nominator’s daytime phone number. E-mailed nominations will be accepted if they are sent in an MS Word or RTF attachment.
Mail letters of nomination to The Harper Lee Award Selection Committee, The Alabama Writers’ Forum, PO Box 4777, Montgomery, AL 36103-4777.
E-mail letters of nomination to writersforum@..., subject line: HARPER LEE AWARD.
The Harper Lee Award and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award are made possible through a generous grant from George F. Landegger, CEO of Parsons and Whittemore.
AWF Executive Director Jeanie Thompson presents a Certificate of Merit for Literary Magazine to Pike County High School. (Photo by Robin Cooper)
The Forum asks Alabama high school students to submit their work for the 2013 High School Literary Arts Awards and Scholarship Competition (HSLAA). The postmark deadline date is January 11, 2013.
The competition is open to Alabama high school students in grades 9-12 in public, private, and home schools. Categories include poetry, shortfiction, drama, creative nonfiction, portfolios, and literary magazines. Cash awards are available to high school seniors through the senior portfolio competition.
Complete guidelines, including mailing address and entry forms, are available on the Forum’s website. Please note: Each entry form must be completely filled out, including addresses, zip codes, and teacher’s e-mail address. Incomplete entry forms may cause the entry to be disqualified.
Published Alabama writers will choose the winning entries. Judges remain anonymous until the awards are announced.
Slash Pine Press to host a moveable feast in Tuscaloosa
More than two dozen poets will read from their work during Slash Pine Press’ fourth annual festival, Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13, in venues at The University of Alabama and in downtown Tuscaloosa. The events are free and open to the public.
Among the poets reading at the festival are Ethan Saul Bull, author of In the Hour and a Bedroom Later (Slash Pine Press, 2012); William Burke, author of The World is Full of Peasants (Slash Pine, 2011); and Cindy St. John, author of Be the Heat (Slash Pine, 2011). Also featured are Dr. Mark Yakich, associate professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans; and Carol Lynne Knight, co-director of Anhinga Press.
Invited faculty poets are Carolyn Hembree, instructor at the University of New Orleans; Bryn Chancellor, assistant professor of English at the University of Montevallo; Dr. Randy Blythe of the University of Alabama at Birmingham; Dr. Norman Golar, assistant professor at Stillman College; and Ashley McWaters, instructor of English and coordinator of undergraduate creative writing at UA. Also featured are twenty-five undergraduate creative writers from these institutions.
The Winding Road: Travel, Identity and the Search for Voice invites writers and readers who hear the beckoning call of discovery and of new cultures, as well as those who believe that perhaps the greatest voyage is an exploration of the places we call home. The Auburn Writers Conference offers instruction, practice, perspective, and community for both established and emerging writers.
The 2012 conference will feature Judith Ortiz Cofer (The Latin Deli,Call Me Maria), Nick Taylor (Sins of the Father), R.A. Nelson (Days of LittleTexas, Teach Me), and Myra McEntire (Hourglass), among others.
Visit the conference website for an updated list of writers and workshops.
Our Opportunities page keeps you informed on publishers and organizations who want your work. Here you’ll find Calls for Submission and Writing Contests. The page also includes links to Writers Groups, Writing Workshops, and National Conferences—excellent places to network and to meet fellow writers.
Frank “Doc” Adams (with Burgin Mathews), October 14, Time TBA, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham (photo courtesy of Burgin Mathews)
Do you need to attract a larger audience than those people on your e-mail list? Post your literary function on the Forum’s Events calendar. Some 1500 book lovers receive Literary News each month, and a number of these readers check our calendar for literary events in their areas and beyond.
Alabama Arts Radio brings you outstanding interviews with your favorite authors
Joey Brackner (photo courtesy of Alabama Arts Radio)
Each week on the Alabama Arts Radio Series, staff members of the Alabama State Council on the Arts visit with writers, musicians, visual artists, and other individuals who contribute to our state’s rich artistic traditions. Recent literary interviews include Patricia White, Joey Brackner, and 2012 Alabama Poetry Outloud winners Peggy Payne, Doris-Anne Darbouze, & Bonnie Chen.
Listen Sundays 5-5:30 p.m. on WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery-Troy), WRWA 88.7 (Dothan), and WTJB 91.7 (Columbus-Phenix City). Those farther south may listen Saturdays 2:30-3 p.m. on WHIL 91.3 (Mobile-Biloxi-Pensacola). Broadcasts are also streamed live and archived on the Web.
Proceeds from the sale of the Alabama Support the Arts license plate help fund arts education programs. The next time your car tag needs renewal, purchase one of these colorful plates to help support the Forum and other arts education projects.
URL : http://genealogytrails.com/ala/baldwin/index.html TITLE : Baldwin County Genealogy Trails DESCRIPTION : Free transcribed genealogy information for Baldwin County, Alabama. Census, birth, death, marriage, cemetery, wills, military, and family history records.
Title: CFP: Alabama Historical Association
Location: Alabama Date: 2012-10-10 Description: The Alabama Historical Association invites proposals for individual papers and themed panels to be given at its 66th annual meeting in Eufaula, Alabama, on April 11-13, 2013. This
meeting is open to scholars, educators, public historians, students, local historians, and members of the general public ... Contact: skirkland@...
URL: www.alabamahistory.net Announcement ID: 196811 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196811
FGS Archives Award to Tuscaloosa Genealogical Society
Photo courtesy NASA. Saturn 5 (developed at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville) being launched at the Kennedy Space Center (which originally was under the authority of Marshall Space Flight Center, and formally was Marshall's Launch Operations Directorate before becoming a separate center).
If you find you let the pre-registration deadline of September 24 sneak past you (I almost forgot it myself), you can still attend the 2012 Fall Pilgrimage. Please mail in your registration as soon as possible,
and send an email to Treasurer John Hardin,
John.Hardin@.... You can find the registration form in your Newsletter or at the AHA homepage
In other AHA News:
The deadline for paper, panel, and poster-session submissions to the Program Committee for consideration for the 2013 Annual Meeting is October 10. See the call for proposals linked to the homepage, above.
The University of West Alabama and Center for Black Belt Studies is moving Cedarwood, one of our tour sites, to the UWA Campus. Valerie Burnes is chronicling the move and posting photos to the Facebook pages of the AHA and the Center for Black Belt Studies.
You can follow progress there.
Finally, Jim Bennett, cabinet member under two governors, former Secretary of State, and a great friend of Alabama History, has announced his retirement from state government. I hope I can speak for us all in thanking him for his service and wishing him continued
success in retirement. I suspect we will find Jim spending even more time and energy promoting Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park.
[October 4] Book Talk: Benjamin Wise, William Alexander Percy: The Curious Life of a Mississippi Planter and Sexual Freethinker. Special Collections and Archives Department, Ralph Brown Draughon Library, 3:00 pm.
[October 4] POV Previews: Sun Kissed. The Gnu’s Room, 7:00 pm.
[October 11] Discover Auburn: Cyrus Dawsey, “Confederate Immigrants in Brazil.” Special Collections and Archives Department, Ralph Brown Draughon Library, 3:00 pm.
[October 19] Book Talk: Ralph Voss, Truman Capote and the Legacy of In Cold Blood. The Gnu's Room, 5:30 pm.
2012 Auburn Writers Conference
It’s been said that there are only two kinds of stories after all—the journey and the homecoming. One implies a roving spirit. The other? A soul that longs for a familiar landscape. Either way, the writer is a wanderer on the page and in the imagination. The Winding Road: Travel, Identity and the Search for Voice invites writers and readers who hear the beckoning call of discovery and of new cultures, as well as those who believe that perhaps the greatest voyage is an exploration of the places we call home, to join us this October 12 and 13, 2012, in Auburn, Alabama, for a writers conference like no other. Let your writing journey of a thousand miles begin with us.
The Auburn Writers Conference offers instruction, practice, perspective, and community for both established and emerging writers. For information about workshops and visit authors, please visit the website.
Angelou & the Arts
An Evening of Art, Dance, and Theatre
Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University
Monday, October 29, 4:00pm
Students, faculty, and the public are invited to enjoy this tribute to Dr. Angelou’s extensive contributions to American culture and to get a chance to win a coveted seat at the Women’s Leadership Institute Extraordinary Women Lecture. “Angelou and the Arts” is sponsored by the Department of Art, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Jule Collins Smith Museum, the Women’s Leadership Institute, and the Women’s Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts.
URL : http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-1029688-10464016?url=http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3531 TITLE : Ancestry.com - Alabama Census, 1810-90 DESCRIPTION : AIS indexes. Original source: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. Alabama Census, 1810-90 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999. Original data: Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
Title: Call for Local Historians and Authors of Alabama Location: South Carolina Description: The History Press is looking for local historians and writers who are interested in publishing accessible histories of Alabama and its individual communities. We are a traditional, full-service press that focuses exclusively on publishing works of local and regional interest. The History Press is de ... Contact: chad.rhoad@... URL: historypress.net Announcement ID: 197528 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197528
Bass Singer for the Pillars Gospel Quartet
This week Anne Kimzey, folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews Bob Friedman, bass singer for The Pillars gospel quartet of Birmingham. During the program Friedman discusses his musical roots in New York City, the political activism that brought him to Alabama, his work with WJLD radio and his interest in African American gospel quartet singing. Friedman and the Pillars participate in the Alabama Folk Arts Apprenticeship program, teaching their traditional a capella singing style to a younger generation.
Henry Burton, Rev. Don Soloman, Vincent Witt, Bob Friedman
The Pillars gospel quartet includes seven members, four veterans of the tradition and three representatives of the next generation, who are practicing and performing as part of the learning process. Younger members are Vincent Witt, Sam Wilkerson, and Larry Ford and senior members include Norman Wooding, Jr., Reverend Don Solomon, Henry Burton, and Bob Friedman, all of whom have over fifty years of experience singing, recording, and performing.
This special radio series will air every Sunday at 11:00 - 11:30 A.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:
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TITLE : Ancestry.com - Alabama Deaths, 1908-59 DESCRIPTION : Original sources: State of Alabama. Index of Vital Records for Alabama: Deaths, 1908-1959. Montgomery, AL, USA: State of Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Record Services Division. Ancestry.com has searchable indexes; database results and some digitized images are available with a fee-based subscription. Free articles and helpful research materials.
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TITLE : Ancestry.com - Alabama, Marriage Collection, 1800-1969 DESCRIPTION : Original sources: Alabama Center for Health Statistics. Alabama Marriage Index, 1936-1969. Alabama Center for Health Statistics, Montgomery, Alabama. Dodd, Jordan R., et. al. Early American Marriages: Alabama to 1825. Bountiful, UT: Precision Indexing Publishers, 19xx. Hunting For Bears, comp. Alabama marriage information taken from county courthouse records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format, located at the Family History Library. Dodd, Jordan R., comp. Early American Marriages: Alabama, 1800 to 1920. Ancestry.com has searchable indexes; database results and some digitized images are available with a fee-based subscription. Free articles and helpful research materials.
You are cordially invited to a Birmingham celebration of Harper Lee’s masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird
Saturday October 20, 2012, Samford University
Two special events: The United States Postal Service’s unveiling of the pictorial cancellation stamp and cachet envelop commemorating the 50th anniversary of
The film classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. Designed exclusively by world renowned artist, Nicolosi. 12:00 PM, Samford University, Harwell G. Davis Library Free to the public
A private screening of the documentary film, Song of the Mockingbird: Monroeville Memories
Produced and directed by Nicolosi and filmed at the Monroeville Courthouse, the documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Following the screening, Nicolosi and Scholar Nancy Grisham Anderson will discuss with the audience the novel and classic film
7:00 PM, Samford University, Brock Recital Hall Tickets $15 may be purchased by calling 205-726-2853 or at the online link
Cemetery Preservation Workshop, Sat, Nov 3, 2012, Birmingham
The 11th Annual Alabama Cemetery Preservation Workshop will be on Saturday, November 3, 2012, 8:30 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. in Birmingham.
Morning workshop: Birmingham on the campus of Samford University.
Lunch break: lunch on your own at university's cafeteria next door.
Afternoon workshop: downtown Birmingham's Historic Oak Hill Cemetery.
The theme of this year's workshop is "Tools for the Cemetery Preservation Toolkit". We have an exciting and informative program scheduled for you with presentations and demonstrations by some of the most highly sought-after and respected experts in their fields.
Workshop fees are $25 for ACPA members and $30 for non-members.
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OCTOBER 23 LECTURE: AUBURN V. ALABAMA: ORIGIN OF THE RIVALRY
In recognition of the 150th. anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1862 which created the land-grant college system, the Auburn University Office of Public Service is sponsoring the following Morrill Land-Grant Recognition Special Lecture:
AUBURN V. ALABAMA: THE ORIGIN OF THE RIVALRY
Dwayne Cox, Ph.D., Head of Special Collections and Archives
DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, October 23 at 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Lecture Room, Special Collections and Archives, GROUND FLOOR, Ralph Brown Draughon Library.
-----Original Message----- From: H-NET List for Southern History [mailto:H-SOUTH@...] On Behalf Of Herr, David Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:11 PM
To: H-SOUTH@... Subject: Alabama Historical Association's Clinton Jackson and Evelyn Coley Research Grant
From: Palmer, Mark [Mark.Palmer@...] Subject: Alabama Historical Association's Clinton Jackson and Evelyn Coley Research Grant
Clinton Jackson and Evelyn Coley Research Grant Fund
To honor the memory of Clinton Jackson and Evelyn Coley, the Alabama Historical Association offers every other year a graduate student grant. The $500 grant is open to any graduate student conducting research on an Alabama-related topic.
The next grant will be awarded in April 2013 at the annual meeting of the Alabama Historical Association.
Applications should include a statement of the student's intended plan of work, a letter of reference from the chairman of the department in which the student is enrolled, and/or a letter of reference from the student's major professor. Electronic submissions are welcome.
Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2013.
Please submit nominations to:
Mark Palmer Alabama Department of Archives and History P.O. Box 300100 Montgomery AL 36130-0100 or email:
This year’s tour will be the largest yet, with visitors able to “meet” and hear the stories of some of the more famous – and infamous – residents of the cemetery. Volunteers lead groups through the cemetery while relating tales from the early days of Birmingham. Oak Hill is the final resting place for many of the founders of Birmingham and was the first cemetery designated in the city, opening the same year the city was founded (1871). It contains the city’s first pauper’s cemetery, making it the final stop for many victims of the city’s cholera epidemic.
The annual tour is more of a history lesson than a haunted tour. Visitors will find graves for veterans of every war from the American Revolution to Vietnam in addition to those of city founders. Two of the city’s madams, the Wooster sisters Lou and Maggie, are also residents. Lou is considered the annual star of the tour and will again make an appearance as her sister Maggie leads tours.
Still a working cemetery, last year Civil Rights icon the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth was laid to rest across from James Sloss. The cemetery association’s director learned earlier this year that a Titanic survivor was buried at Oak Hill; Titanic survivors Phillip and Emma Mock will have their story told by Emma. Harriet Phillips will also be there to relate the plight of the city’s African Americans.
This year’s tour will again feature city stalwarts John Milner and Charles Linn, the Martin family, undertaker Edward Erswell, and James Sloss. Nannie Kirkley, the widow of one of the first police officers killed in the line of duty, will be on hand as will Emma Hawes, whose death was the cause of the famous “Hawes Riots,” telling the story of her murder at the hands of her husband.
Proceeds from the tour benefit Oak Hill Cemetery’s restoration fund. Many of the families buried in the cemetery no longer have descendants in Birmingham or do not have families willing to care for broken headstones and cracking mausoleums, which then become the cemetery’s responsibility.
The Oak Hill Memorial Association raises funds to maintain the cemetery property as well as some of the grave markers. OHMA hosts events like the annual Fall History Tour, Shoot the (Harvest) Moon, Heritage Days, and the Zombie Walk to raise awareness and supplement the cemetery’s already meager budget.
Rebecca Dobrinski has served as a tour guide since the inception of the Fall History Tour and this year will lead tours as Maggie Bracken, Lou Wooster’s sister.
Photo:You may see undertaker Edward Erswell during this year’s Fall History Tour at Oak Hill Cemetery. Special.
From left: Autherine Lucy, Thurgood Marshall, and Arthur Shores exit the federal courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama, in February 1956, following Lucy's reinstatement as the first black person to be admitted to the University of Alabama.
Photo courtesy of The Birmingham News
The Birmingham Historical Society and the Birmingham Public Library is showcasing the life and times of Birmingham civil rights attorney Arthur Shores in a special exhibit, November 4-December 28 at the Central Library. The exhibit features a scrapbook of newspaper reports and printed materials, which Shores collected throughout his legal and political career.
The Birmingham Historical Society has copied numerous pages of the scrapbook, which is larger than the size of a newspaper, in order to display them in Central Library's 4th Floor Gallery. Shores, who was born in 1904, was a high school principal at Dunbar High School in Bessemer, Alabama, when he became a lawyer in 1937. Although Shores died in 1996 at the age of 92, the scrapbook and exhibit look at his career from 1939 to 1975.
Some of the exhibit highlights include:
How Shores and Thurgood Marshall successfully fought to get Autherine Lucy enrolled as the first black student at the University of Alabama in 1956
How Shores became the first black person to sit on the Birmingham City Council in 1968
How Shores fought to strike down a Birmingham zoning law, which determined which side of Center Street black people could live. (Black people could not live on the west side of the street. The zoning law was struck down in 1946. Once people started moving to the west side of the street, their homes were bombed. Shores moved his family to an east corner of Center Street in 1953.)
How Shores' Birmingham home, which was located in an area that was known as "Dynamite Hill'' because of so many racist bombings, was bombed twice in 1963 because racists thought he was involved in an effort to integrate Birmingham schools that year
Ads, telegrams, and memorabilia from Shores' career
"This is real history. These are real documents,'' says Marjorie White, director of the Birmingham Historical Society, of the exhibit and scrapbook. "It's like you were there.''
"The exhibit will be fascinating. There's a lot to read, which library visitors will enjoy.''
Shores' daughters, Helen Shores Lee and Barbara Sylvia Shores, have written a book about their father. During the November 4 opening reception, they will sign copies of The Gentle Giant of Dynamite Hill: The Untold Story of Arthur D. Shores and His Family's Fight for Civil Rights. They wrote the book with Denise George. Helen Shores Lee is a Jefferson County circuit judge and Barbara Sylvia Shores is director of the Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizens Services. Both say they are humbled that an exhibit features their father, who fought for voting rights, housing issues, educational opportunities and more.
"I'm sure if he were here, he'd be very pleased that there is a recognition of his work,'' says Helen Shores Lee.
During his career, Shores kept newspaper articles about his career in a small scrapbook and suitcase. One day while home from graduate school at the University of Illinois in 1968, Barbara Sylvia Shores took her father's collection and put everything in a huge scrapbook. She had the pages laminated. Today, the scrapbook has 256 pages and includes 170 photographs.
She says she did it so she'd have something to share with her children and their children. "It's a little history book,'' says Barbara Sylvia Shores.
The official name of the exhibit is Attorney Shores' Scrapbook: The Life and Times of Birmingham's Civil Rights Lawyer and Civic Leader, 1939-1975.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Art
Book Talk: The Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History (1939-1949), 4:00 p.m.
Many documentaries, articles, museum exhibits, books, and movies have treated the subject of the Tuskegee Airmen, the only black American military pilots in World War II. Most of these works have focused on their training and their subsequent accomplishments during combat. This publication goes further, using captioned photographs—many never published before—to trace the Airmen through the various stages of training, deployment, and combat. Hundreds of images also chronicle the critical support roles of non-flyers: doctors, nurses, mechanics, navigators, weathermen, parachute riggers, and other ground support personnel, all of whom contributed to the Airmen’s success.
Co-author Daniel Haulman Daniel Haulman is Chief, Organizational Division, at the Air Force Historical Research Agency, where he has worked since 1982.
The film screening is part of the "Life Interrupted" series. Experts in film, theatre, literature and history will introduce films and lead post-film discussions to examine the cultural upheaval of the mid-twentieth century, including ideological clashes between capitalism and communism, war and the atomic wage.
Books will be available for purchase and signing. A reception will follow the film screening.
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TITLE : Board for Certification of Genealogists - Find a Genealogist Residing in Alabama DESCRIPTION : When the need arises to hire a professional genealogist, many turn first to the associates of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Certification of genealogists in the United States is a program of stringent examinations administered by the independent, standard-setting Board for Certification of Genealogists, established 1964 in Washington D.C. These Board-certified individuals have had their work judged according to rigorous standards of competence in a number of areas, including evidence collection and evaluation, and clear and concise writing.The BCG web site offers: a directory of genealogists who hold Board certification and are bound to a code of ethics; details on the examination process; and numerous educational articles.
Join Alabama author Jessica Penot, author of the books Haunted Chattanooga and Haunted North Alabama, for creepy lunchtime ghost stories from the American South. Books will be available for purchase and signing.Wednesday, October 31, noon.
Feed your body and mind at BPL's Brown Bag Lunch programs. You bring the lunch and we'll bring the drinks. Central Library, Linn Henley Research Building, Arrington Auditorium, 4th floor. For more information call 226-3604 or visit www.bplonline.org.
This program is rebroadcast to help promote the 82nd Annual Alabama State Gospel Singing Convention held Friday and Saturday, November 9th & 10th, 2012 at the The First Baptist Church, 223 Church St. Rainsville AL., Friday night: 6:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. and Saturday: 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. For additional information call Ronnie Lewis at 256-638-5704. (To read extended liner notes about this tradition click here.)
This special radio series will air every Sunday at 11:00 - 11:30 A.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:
[November 1] "Smart Girls--Women and Risk," a lecture by Patricia Foster, Breeden Scholar in Residence with the Department of English and Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities and Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Sponsored by the Women's Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts. Biggin Hall 005, 4:00 pm.
[November 1] POV Previews: Reportero. The Gnu’s Room, 7:00 pm.
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Becoming Alabama: This Goodly Land
January 25-26, 2013
“From thy Southern shores…to thy Northern vale,” “from thy prairies broad and fertile,” to “thy quarries where the marble/White as that of Paros gleams…” Julia Tutwiler’s lyrics for Alabama’s state song reflect the profound geographic diversity of our state, as well as our storied sense of place. Join us to explore that diversity through the lenses of art and agriculture, history and culture, as well as geology, botany, and current efforts at conservation and restoration. At the third annual Becoming Alabama conference, noted experts will discuss how we have shaped and been shaped by the land called Alabama.