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  • Amos J Wright
    Twelve Governors and UAB: Six Decades of Gubernatorial Connections, 1945-2006 A new exhibit from the UAB Archives is currently on display in the Alabama Museum
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 19, 2006
      Twelve Governors and UAB:
      Six Decades of Gubernatorial Connections, 1945-2006

      A new exhibit from the UAB Archives is currently on display in the
      Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences. Twelve Governors and UAB: Six
      Decades of Gubernatorial Connections, 1945-2006 uses almost 80
      documents, photographs, brochures, invitations, etc., to highlight the
      links between the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the twelve
      people who have served as the state's chief executive since the medical
      school was first established in Birmingham in 1945.
      Letters and memos sent by the various governors to UAB presidents,
      deans, and faculty, and even one sent to a graduating class, are part of
      the exhibit. In a 1993 letter, Governor James Folsom, Jr., writes that
      "UAB has always been an integral part of the Folsom Family." Another
      item on display is an invitation from Governor and Mrs. Fob James to a
      1980 event at the Governor's Mansion held to honor UAB Town and Gown
      Theatre and founding director Jimmy Hatcher. In addition to his duties
      at UAB, Hatcher served as arts advisor and protocol officer during
      several gubernatorial administrations.
      Photographs on display include those of governors during their
      visits to the UAB campus for speeches, presentations or groundbreaking
      ceremonies. Other photographs show UAB associates visiting the
      governor's office in Montgomery. Eighteen additional photographs,
      which have been enlarged and mounted in the museum gallery, clearly
      portray these connections with UAB. One image representing the exhibit
      has been mounted on the UAB Archives website as the September "Image of
      the Month." This image may be found at the URL
      http://www.uab.edu/historical/archives.html.
      The exhibit starts with Governor Chauncey Sparks (1943-1947) who
      appointed the committee that eventually chose Birmingham as the location
      of a new four-year medical school and who spoke at the 1946 medical
      school commencement, the first graduation held following the school's
      move from Tuscaloosa. The exhibit concludes with a visit this summer
      from Governor Bob Riley (2002-present) who has visited the UAB campus on
      several occasions.
      One case within the exhibit documents the 1972 assassination
      attempt on Governor George C. Wallace, his later hospitalization and
      rehabilitation at UAB, and the diary written by would-be assassin Arthur
      Bremer. The diary, one of two known to exist, was acquired by the dean
      of the medical school in 1985. The first entry consists of Bremer's
      statement, "Now I start my diary of my personal plot to kill by pistol
      either Richard Nixon or George Wallace."
      With the current 2006 campaign in full-swing, an exhibit on the
      governors would not be complete without highlighting some campaigns of
      the past six decades, so another case showcases campaign material found
      within the various archival collections.
      The exhibit is on display until the end of the year and is housed
      in the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, located on the third floor
      of the Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences at 1700 University
      Boulevard. Exhibit hours are 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through
      Friday. For additional information, you may contact the UAB Archives at
      934-1896 or at archives@....
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