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Ala. History/Culture in the News: 23-27 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 presumably
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 27, 2009





      Materials in brackets are my additions. Items are listed more or less in reverse chronological order within each section. All links are presumably working at the time I send this email. 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 newspaper or magazine web site. Some items are listed without links because I either could not find online versions or could not find a free one.



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      WARNING: Many articles on newspaper and magazine web sites are accompanied by nasty, anonymous comments about individuals and subjects in the posted articles. Some articles in these listings will unfortunately include such commentary.







      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.









      **Store plans book signings [Page & Palette in Fairhope; includes Ala. authors]


      Mobile Press-Register 25 July 2009






      **City will buy granite base for Buffalo Soldier statue
      Huntsville Times 27 July 2009

      **Historic [Sadler] cemetery presents mysteries
      Florence Times-Daily 27 July 2009

      **Officials consider moving [Indian Mound] museum
      Florence Times-Daily 27 July 2009

      **Viewers still discovering Alabama 's wonders
      "Discovering Alabama " host Doug Phillips marks the show's 25th year on TV [APT]
      Tuscaloosa News 27 July 2009

      **Destroying landmark shameful [Indian mound in Oxford ; letter]
      Montgomery Advertiser 27 July 2009


      **40 YEARS OF FLAVOR: Old Dutch Ice Cream Shoppe celebrating milestone


      Mobile Press-Register 26 July 2009


      **‘Blind tigers’ thrived in [area known as] Pull Tight


      Gadsden Times 26 July 2009


      **UA still researches possible Bryce buy


      Tuscaloosa News 26 July 2009

      **b. 07-26-1914 - Erskine Hawkins - Birmingham , AL - d. 11-11-1992

      bandleader: "Apollo Concerts"; "Big Band Themes on the Air"
      old.time.radio Digest V2009 Issue #139

      **Call of Mabila a compelling quest
      [Review of The Search for Mabila edited by Vernon James Knight, Jr.]
      Mobile Press-Register 25 July 2009


      **Redevelopment of historic site topic of town hall meeting
      [Muscle Shoals Reservation]


      Florence Times-Daily 25 July 2009


      **Huge collection of mint 19th-century antiques available [at Kirkwood Mansion in Eutaw]


      Tuscaloosa News 25 July 2009


      **Yesterday's News [in Mobile in 1859, 1909, etc.]
      July 27: http://tinyurl.com/kmqlrh

      July 26: http://tinyurl.com/nz48xg  

      July 25: http://tinyurl.com/mtdqte  

      Mobile Press-Register

      **1937 July 27- Woodie King, Jr. is born in Baldwin Springs , Alabama . He

            will attend high school in Detroit and go on to attend

            Leman College in New York and earn his M.F.A. from Brooklyn

            College. In 1965, he will join Mobilization for Youth,

            where he will spend the next five years working as the

            cultural director. In 1970, he will found the New Federal

            Theatre and the National Black Touring Circuit in New York

            City, where he will be producing director. He will produce

            shows both on and off Broadway, and will directed

            performances across the country in venues like the New York

            Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Center Stage of

            Baltimore and the Pittsburgh Public Theatre. His work will

            earn him numerous nominations and awards, including a 1988

            NAACP Image Award for his direction of "Checkmates"

            (featuring Denzel Washington and 1993 Audelco Awards for

            Best Director and Best Play for his production of "Robert

            Johnson: Trick The Devil." He will also receive an Obie

            Award for Sustained Achievement. He will have an honorary

            doctorate in humane letters conferred by Wayne State

            University and a doctorate of fine arts by the College of

            Wooster . In addition to his directing and producing of

            theater, he will find time to write extensively about it.

            He will contribute to numerous magazines, such as "Black

            World," "Variety" and "The Tulane Drama Review," and will

            also write a number of books.


      1972 July 25- The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, where African Americans

            were used as guinea pigs in syphilis experiments for 40

            years, is admitted to by U.S. government health officials.


      1908 July 24- Charles Melvin "Cootie" Williams is born in Mobile , Alabama .

            He will become an American jazz and Rhythm and Blues

            trumpeter. He will be known for his renditions of "Echoes

            of Harlem ," "Concerto for Cootie," and "Carelessly." He

            also will lead his own group, The Cootie Williams Sextet

            and Orchestra, performing "Tess' Torch Song" and "Cherry

            Red Blues." He will rise to prominence as a member of Duke

            Ellington's orchestra, with which he will perform from 1929

            to 1940. He will also record his own sessions during this

            time, both freelance and with other Ellington sidemen.

            In 1940 he will join Benny Goodman's orchestra and in 1941

            will form his own orchestra. Over the years he will employ

            Charlie Parker, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Bud Powell, Eddie

            Vinson, and other important young players. He will begin to

            play more Rhythm and Blues in the late 1940s. In the 1950s

            he will tour with small groups and fall into obscurity. In

            1962 he will rejoin Duke Ellington and stay with the

            orchestra until 1974, after Ellington's death. He will be

            renown for his use of the plunger mute, and is reputed to

            have inspired Wynton Marsalis's use of it. He will join the

            ancestors on September 15, 1985 in New York City .
      FROM: Today in Black History

      **Twenty years of cheers
      Otey’s Tavern celebrates an anniversary, but does so without its beloved bartender ‘Tight’
      City Scene/Birmingham News 24 July 2009 pp 10G-11G

      **[Mark] Buehrle pitches perfect game
      Ex-Baron tosses 18th in history [Buehrle pitched for the Barons in 2000.]
      Birmingham News 24 July 2009, pp 1C, 8C [via Associated Pres]

      **Heflin man brings stories from mound [in Oxford ]
      Cleburne News 23 July 2009







      **Birmingham-born poet Sonia Sanchez, featured in a national exhibition, sees civil rights progress


      Birmingham News 25 July 2009

      **Mac McAnally goes 'Down By the River' for new CD
      Birmingham News blog 24 July 2009







      **Farewell: Eddie Martin went from Yankee minor leaguer to the pride of Leeds

      [Martin died June 19 at the age of 92]


      Birmingham News 26 July 2009

      **Nun who co-founded monastery dies
      [Sister Mary Joseph co-founded Our Lady of the Angels Monastery]
      Birmingham News 25 July 2009







      **[no entries this issue]







      ** Alabama History Community Calendar



      **Traditional Cultural Events in Alabama



      **Literary Events in Alabama [via Alabama Writers Forum]






      ** 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



      alabamahistory archives at Yahoo:






      A.J. Wright, M.L.S.

      Associate Professor

      Director, History of Anesthesia Section 


      Department of Anesthesiology Library

      University of Alabama at Birmingham

      619 19th Street South , JT965

      Birmingham AL 35249-6810


      (205) 975-0158

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