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Alabama History/Culture in the News: 11-14 July & Bonus Material

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  • Amos J Wright
    NOTE: Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are working at the
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      Alabama History/Culture in the News: USE THIS ONE & Bonus Material


      Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are working at the time I send this email and post them to the web page listing. Many of the articles listed are printed in other Alabama newspapers; in general, I do not attempt to list all appearances of an article. Some dates given are those when the item was posted to the web site. Some items are listed without links because I could not find online versions.

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      Additional articles can often be found at Google, Topix or Yahoo news sites:




      Please note that many articles continue beyond the single web page I have linked here. Web sites related to some articles often appear in the "Bonus Material" section.





         This exhibit, located in the three tall glass display cases
      immediately on the left hand side upon entering the Special Collections
      and Archives Department, features numerous photos, books, posters, and
      memorabilia concerning movies filmed in or about the state of Alabama
      such as *The Grass Harp,* *To Kill a Mockingbird,* *Honeydripper,* and
      *The Phenix City Story,* to name a few. The Special Collections and
      Archives Department is located on the GROUND FLOOR  of the Ralph Brown
      Draughon Library.

         The desk used by World War I flying ace, race car driver, and founder
      of Eastern Airlines, Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973), is now located in
      the Special Collections and Archives Department on the left hand side
      just past the three large glass exhibit cases upon entering. The desk
      was acquired through the late Dr. W. David Lewis of the Auburn
      University History Department, who published EDDIE RICKENBACKER:  AN
      AMERICAN HERO IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY in 2005 ( Johns Hopkins University
      Press), and who was instrumental in acquiring the EDDIE RICKENBACKER
      PAPERS for the Auburn University Libraries. The Special Collections and
      Archives Department is located on the GROUND FLOOR of the Ralph Brown
      Draughon Library.

         Currently on display in the Special Collections and Archives
      Department, located on the GROUND FLOOR of the Ralph Brown Draughon
      Library, is an exhibit featuring *Vacation Home in Alabama.* Located in
      the three upright glass display cases on the north side of the
      department, the exhibit features books, photographs, captions, and more
      concerning the vacation attractions of Alabama including weekend
      getaways, parks, beaches, the Talladega Superspeedway, Robert Trent
      Jones Golf Trail, wine, barbeque, and more.

      **The State Black Archives Research Center and Museum on the Alabama A&M University campus will feature the photographic exhibit "Courage Under Fire: The 1961 Burning of the Freedom Riders Bus" through Aug. 29. The exhibit highlights the extreme violence in Alabama during the civil rights era. The exhibit is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission ranges from $3 to $5.

      **THE ORDER OF MYTHS by Margaret Brown (Documentary; 90 minutes) The appalling doctrine, “separate but equal” ended in the 1950s, right? Think again. At America ’s oldest Mardi Gras –– celebrated each year in Mobile , Alabama –– events remain segregated between white and black residents. Beneath the surface of pageantry, lies a complex story about race relations and the ever-present racial divide that exists in America today.
      Independent Lens 2008-9 season


      **Russell Cave hints at state's early inhabitants
      Mobile Press-Register 14 July 2008

      **New national cemetery dedicated in Montevallo
      Birmingham News 14 July 2008

      **Remembering the '60s [mostly in Alabama ]
      Locals look back on the turbulent years of the 1960s - and see history repeating itself
      Florence Times-Daily 14 July 2008

      **1968 July 14: Hank Aaron hits homerun #500.
      FROM: Poor Gabriel’s Almanac  poorgabriel@...

      ** Landmark Park speaker [R.L. Lehmann] ‘trades’ with Creek Indians
      Dothan Eagle 13 July 2008

      **Seeing through the years: For nearly six decades, Joseph Barlar has welcomed patients in his downtown optometry shop
      Mobile Press-Register 13 July 2008

      **Work of fiction inspired by Phenix City story
      [New novel by AU graduate Ace Atkins]
      Tuscaloosa News 13 July 2008

      **Janney to speak to Historical Society today [about CW reenactments]
      Clanton Advertiser 12 July 2008

      **[Late football coach Charley] Pell's story lives on in documentary
      Tuscaloosa News 12 July 2008

      **Tippins' liquidation melts away part of steel history
      [Firm founded in 1923 also operated in Alabama in the 1980s]
      Pittsburgh Tribune Review 12 July 2008

      **Workshop focuses on Mobile history
      Seminar offers teachers exposure to new topics
      Mobile Press-Register 12 July 2008

      **Alabama Korean War veteran's remains returned home
      Soldier missing for 58 years
      Birmingham News 12 July 2008

      **After 40 years, Tuscaloosa drag racer [Glenn Noland] showing no signs of slowing down
      Tuscaloosa News 12 July 2008

      **1968 July 14- Hank Aaron hit his 500th career home run in Atlanta , Georgia

           leading the Braves to a 4-2 win over the San Francisco

           Giants.  (In April of 1974, Hammerin' Hank will eclipse the

           old home run mark of 714 held by Babe Ruth.)


      1864 July 12- George Washington Carver, African American botanist is born
              in Diamond Grove , Missouri .  He will receive a B.S. from
              the Iowa Agricultural College in 1894 and a M.S. in 1896.
              He will become a member of the faculty of Iowa State
              College of Agriculture and Mechanics in charge of the
              school's bacterial laboratory work in the Systematic Botany
              department.  His work with agricultural products develops
              industrial applications from farm products, called chemurgy
              in technical literature in the early 1900s. His research
              will develop 325 products from peanuts, 108 applications
              for sweet potatoes, and 75 products derived from pecans. He
              will move to Tuskegee , Alabama in 1896 to accept a position
              as an instructor at the Tuskegee Institute of Technology
              and remain on the faculty until he joins the ancestors on
              January 5, 1943.  His work in developing industrial
              applications from agricultural products will derive 118
              products, including a rubber substitute and over 500 dyes
              and pigments from 28 different plants. He will receive the
              Spingarn Medal from the NAACP in 1923. He will be
              responsible for the invention in 1927 of a process for
              producing paints and stains from soybeans, for which three
              separate patents were issued. George Washington Carver will
              be bestowed with an honorary doctorate from Simpson College
              in 1928. He will be made a member of the Royal Society of
              Arts in London , England . Dr. Carver will be honored by U.S.
              President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on July 14, 1943 when
              $30,000 is committed for a national monument to be
              dedicated to his accomplishments. The area of Carver's
              childhood near Diamond Grove , Missouri will be preserved as
              a park, with a bust of the agricultural researcher,
              instructor, and chemical investigator. This park will be
              the first national monument dedicated to an African
              American in the United States . He will be inducted
              posthumously into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in
      FROM: Today in Black History

      ** Mt. Pilgrim in Fairfield marks 80 years:
      Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church , 143 Seminole Circle in Fairfield , will have its 80th anniversary celebration parade today at 10 a.m. followed by picnic at 11 a.m. On Sunday, services will feature guest speakers the Rev. Geroid Caldwell at 8 a.m. and the Rev. Ronald Smith at 11 a.m.
      Birmingham News 12 July 2008

      **Yesterday's News [in Mobile in 1858, 1908, etc.]
      July 14: http://tinyurl.com/5dwrw5
      July 13: http://tinyurl.com/5foque 
      July 12: http://tinyurl.com/5vvub6
      Mobile Press-Register

      **Archaeologists unearth buried ‘treasures’ [in Wetumpka]
      Wetumpka Herald 11 July 2008

      **Remains of Alabama soldier found in North Korea
      Birmingham News blog 11 July 2008


      **[Eight]  Local artists given spotlight in display
      Montgomery Advertiser 14 July 2008

      **112-year-old Alabama man's drawings gain attention in art circles
      Birmingham News 13 July 2008

      **Former high school, college players keep dreams of pro football career alive in semi-pro league
      [Birmingham Wildfire is expansion team in the 16-team semi-pro Southern Football League]
      Birmingham News 12 July 2008

      **Thousands pour in for reopening of Space 301 [ Mobile art venue]
      Mobile Press-Register 12 July 2008


      **Former legislator [Benjamin] Stokes dies
      Mobile Press-Register 14 July 2008


      **Honor Flight Birmingham Announces Next Flight [July 9]
      [For WWII vets to visit memorial in Washington ; names of veterans are listed]
      Senior Living 15(7): 5 July 2008

      **Honor Flight Birmingham

      **Our Little Old Smokehole
      [Late Clarke Stallworth's memories of Birmingham ]
      Senior Living 15(7): 4 July 2008

      **Walking through Gadsden 's History
      Gadsden Messenger 25 June 2008, p5A

      **Etowah Track named after late Walter Alexander
      [First African-American football coach and athletic director at Etowah High School ]
      Gadsden Messenger 18 June 2008, p4A

      **ASHOF inducts Class of 2008
      Gadsden Messenger 18 June 2008, p3B

      **[Governor] Riley honors Negro League members [from Alabama ]
      Gadsden Messenger 18 June 2008, p2B

      **Looking Back to the Early Days of Alabama City , Part 4
      Gadsden Messenger 18 June 2008, p8A

      **Looking Back to the Early Days of Alabama City , Part 3
      Gadsden Messenger 11 June 2008, p11A

      **[Gregory] Frith inducted into MetLife's Hall of Fame
      Gadsden Messenger 11 June 2008, p3A

      **The Legacy of Charley Pell [film] wins National Voice Award
      Gadsden Messenger 11 June 2008, p3A

      **Reviewed for H-SAWH by Lesley-Anne Reed

          Timothy L. Minchin.  _"Don't Sleep With Stevens!": The J. P.

          Stevens Campaign and the Struggle to Organize the South, 1963-

          1980_.  Gainesville : University Press of Florida , 2005.  xvi + 239

          pp.  $59.95 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8130-2810-1.


      ** Alabama History Community Calendar


      ** Alabama County Historical & Genealogical Societies & Records Repositories

      ** Alabama Historical Association Marker Index

      ** Alabama History Resources on the Internet

      ** Birmingham Rewound

      **Project to Document the Birmingham District
      [Includes the BhamWiki and the Magic City Flickr group]

      **activeculture.info [cultural events calendar for central Alabama ]

      **activeculture.info History Events

      **activeculture.info Literature Events

      **alabamahistory related links

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      Listings prior to that date are in the Yahoo archives.

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      A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
      Associate Professor
      Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia

      Department of Anesthesiology Library
      University of Alabama at Birmingham
      619 19th Street South , JT965
      Birmingham AL 35249-6810

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