The Official E-Newsletter of the Alabama Historical Commission
Volume 5 Number 1
468 S Perry St, Montgomery, AL 36104   ( 334) 242-3184
In This Issue
Calendar of Events

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Guided tours are offered by appointment only, Monday - Friday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. Self-guided tours anytime Monday-Friday, no appointment needed. Guided Saturday Tours are offered at 9:00, 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 (group reservation requested but not required).  Call Lisa Franklin,  Site Director, at  334-242-3188 for more information.
March - May 
Spring break guided tours will be offered at 10:00 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays during March, April and May. Learn about the vast military history of Mobile Point from the War of 1812 until the last occupation during WWII. A guide, dressed in period clothing will lead groups through the fort giving historical insights on Architecture, soldier life, laundress life, artillery and more. No reservation required. Learn more by calling 251-540-5257. 
March 16
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Rug Hooking Workshop
Anne Norvell, owner of County Sheep Rug Hooking Shop in Florence, will teach a 2-hour beginners rug hooking workshop at 10 a.m. at Belle Mont mansion in Tuscumbia. The cost for the class is $80, which covers a museum tour and supplies needed, including hooking tool, wool, pattern and hoop frame. Advance payment is required.

Register today by calling 256-381-5052. 
March 19
History Makers: Threads of the Civil Rights Movement
Get the creative energy flowing this spring break with a special art activity at the Freedom Rides Museum! This free hands-on craft event will show how the threads of Alabama history, Civil Rights, and quilting traditions pull together to share stories. What story will you share with your own quilt square?

Admission for this activity is FREE for children under 18 with purchase of adult admission. Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot today.

Thank you to the Friends of the Freedom Rides Museum for sponsoring children's admission for this special activity.

For more information call 334-414-8647.
March 20
Goat Hill Museum Store
Book Signing Event: 
Local Montgomery children's author Janie Steindorff makes a special spring break appearance at Goat Hill Museum Store on Wednesday, March 20. Purchase your copy of Good Morning Montgomery and complete your keepsake with an autograph from Ms. Steindorf.

Event is 11am- 1pm.

For more information call 334-242-3933. 
March 27
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Flower Arranging Demonstration
Susan Rowe, of Flori Designs in Florence, will provide a spring flower arranging demonstration during a luncheon program on Wednesday, March 27, at 11:30 a.m. at historic Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia. Advance reservation is required. Cost is $30, payable by check to CCHLF (Colbert County Historical Landmarks Foundation), P.O. Box 406, Tuscumbia, AL 35674; includes catered box lu nch, demo, and museum tour. 

For more information or to register: call 256-381-5052, or visit

April 6
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Civil War Walking Tour of Old Cahawba
In the waning days of the Civil War, flooding pushed the waters of the Cahaba and Alabama rivers over their banks and across the town of Cahawba leaving over three thousand Union army prisoners standing for days in knee-deep water. Finally released from captivity, many made their way to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and boarded the ill-fated riverboat Sultana only to perish on their way home in the worst maritime disaster in U.S. History.

This guided walking tour will immerse visitors in the history of Castle Morgan, the POW camp at Old Cahawba, and explore the plight of these unfortunate soldiers. Visitors will also learn of the hardships of the town's Confederate residents who suffered while their husbands, fathers and sons were off to war, many never to return.

Tour 10:00 am - 11:00 am 
Tickets are $8 per person and are available at the Old Cahawba Visitors Center.  For more information call 334-872-8058. 
April 26-27
Civil War Living History & Saturday Skirmish

Students and the general public will experience outdoor living history demonstrations performed by authentically uniformed & equipped Union and Confederate re-enactors. Activities include infantry drill & firing, cavalry horses & equipment, artillery firing, commissary and wagon, soldier's equipment, uniforms, music, flags, civilian life, and a Civil War Camp of Instruction including tours of the barracks and other buildings.

Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Skirmish at 1:00 pm
$2 admission per person, per day. Additional $2 for museum tours.
For more information call 205-755-1990.
April 27-28
Fort Toulouse- 
Fort Jackson
French and Indian War Encampment 

This special event focuses attention on the main protagonists of the French & Indian War - France, Britain and their American Indian allies. Living history demonstrations of military, Indian, and civilian life will take place on Saturday and Sunday throughout the day. Re-enactors will be dressed and equipped as they appeared in North America during the middle of the eighteenth century. 

Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
$4 admission for adults, per day. $2 admission for children. 

For more information call 334-567-3002
In the News

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Historic Preservation Award Nominations 

The Alabama Historical Commission and the Black Heritage Council are seeking nominations for the 2019 Historic Preservation Awards. Recipients will be honored during the Alabama Preservation Conference, held in conjunction with the Alabama Historical Association Annual Meeting April 25-27, 2019, at the Embassy Suites in Tuscaloosa. 

Nominations are being accepted for the following categories:

Distinguished Service Award:
Since 1969, the Alabama Historical Commission has celebrated achievements in preservation by presenting the Distinguished Service Award to individuals and groups whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation.

Roy Swayze Award:
Once recognized by President Reagan for his restoration work at Kirkwood Mansion in Greene County, Roy Swayze was a member of the Greene County Historic Society whose preservation efforts began a restoration movement in West Alabama. This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a private owner in the restoration of a major Alabama landmark. 

Idella Childs Award:
Each year the Black Heritage Council recognizes outstanding preservation projects that highlight Alabama's African-American history and culture. The late Idella Childs established an enviable record as a preservationist of Alabama's black landmarks.

Click here to download the nomination form.  The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 5. 

AHC and BHC partner with AHA for Annual Meeting

Pictured: Capitol Park in Tuscaloosa, the site of the Alabama Capitol when Tuscaloosa was the seat of state government from 1826-1846.  The ruins of the Alabama Capitol that burned in 1923 can be found in this city park. 
The Alabama Historical Association, Alabama Historical Commission, Black Heritage Council, and Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation are excited to celebrate our state's bicentennial by hosting a joint meeting April 25-27  in Tuscaloosa, the home of Alabama's second capital. 

As always, the Alabama Historical Association has a wonderful slate of papers and tour sites lined up. Many of the sites visited during pilgrimages and annual meetings still exist because of the work by the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation, along with their partners, the Alabama Historical Commission and the Black Heritage Council.  The AHA is partnering with these groups to create an extended conference this year to highlight the work the ATHP, AHC, and BHC do to preserve important sites throughout the state. 

Thursday's speakers and presentations center on the theme of Preservation and features sessions by Dr. Richard Bailey, Jackson A. Prather, Mary Shell, William S. Gardner, Mary Lue Essex, Dr. Scott Bridges, J. Brett Dennis, Lindsey Baird, Ella Sykes, Dr. Caroline Swope, Stella Simpsiridis, Collier Neeley, Chloe Mercer, Taylor Stewart, Katie Stamps, and Lunch Keynote speaker, Joseph Grinnan, M.A. Project Archaeologist, SEARCH. 

Book your hotel room at the  Embassy Suites  using  this link  or call 205-561-2500 and use group code AHH. The special room rate will be available until March 25th, or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. The Embassy Suites will serve as the main venue for the meeting.

New Staff Joining AHC 

Andi Martin joins the Alabama Historical Commission staff as the Marketing and Public Relations Manager. Before AHC, Andi oversaw Marketing and Communications with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. Some of her prior experience includes four seasons with Alabama Shakespeare Festival as Assistant Director of Marketing, various marketing capacities with an American Express affiliate in Atlanta, GA, and a non-profit consultancy in Savannah, GA. Andi attended The University of Alabama where she studied Music Administration and English and enjoyed participating in the Million Dollar Band. She and her husband, Andy, live in Montgomery with their daughter, Amelia.  
Bruce Lipscombe, who has been with the AHC since 2008 (at Gaineswood, Pond Spring, and most recently at Old Cahawba), was promoted to Site Director of Pond Spring on November 1.  Bruce brings a wealth of museum experience and a deep knowledge of 19
th century decorative arts to the position.  

Kara Long, site director of Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home from September 2013 until October 2018, started a new job with Cook Museum of Natural Science in Decatur.  We wish Kara well in her new job and are excited to have Bruce back at Pond Spring! 

Old Cahawba Cemetery Restoration Project

Matt Gage and his archaeological team figure out how to put a massive marble tombstone puzzle back together. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

"Yes, I think we are bringing a sense of healing," said Linda Derry, Cahawba Park Site director for the Alabama Historical Commission.

That's what Derry lives for these days. "These are my heroes. That's what's going through my mind," she said.

Derry watched, with a great deal of emotion, as Matt Gage and his archaeological team figured out how to put a massive marble tombstone puzzle back together and put it back in its rightful place.

Walking Tours at Old Cahawba

Old Cahawba Archaeological Park hosted its annual Cemetery Walking tour on Saturday March 2, from 10am - 11am. 

The decaying ruins of Old Cahawba's historic cemeteries provides an opportunity for a deeper understanding of the richly layered history surrounding the events that occurred at the site of Alabama's first capital. 

Mark your calendars for the next walking tour on Saturday, April 8 as visitors will have the opportunity to tour Castle Morgan, the POW camp of Old Cahawba. For more information call 334-872-8058.

Green Book Exhibit at Freedom Rides Museum

In honor of the Black History Month theme "Black Migrations", the Freedom Rides Museum kicked off a new exhibit, The Green Book: Navigating Jim Crow America , with an evening reception. The exhibit explored The Negro Motorists' Green Book and how the Civil Rights Movement and Freedom Rides changed inter-state travel in America. The exhibit was on display until March 2.
Black Heritage Council Chair Frazine Taylor, Vice Chair Elvin Lang and Chair Emeritus Louretta Wimberly were on hand for the Green Book exhibit opening at the Freedom Rides Museum.

Cemetery Preservation Workshop 
at Pond Spring, the Home of General Joe Wheeler 

Pictured: Lee Anne Wofford, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Historic Preservation Division Director 
The Alabama Historical Commission sponsored a cemetery preservation workshop at Pond Spring, the General Joe Wheeler Home on Saturday, February 2, 2019. About 30 participants attended and learned about the history of Pond Spring and its cemeteries on the grounds from staff member Pam Ruggles. Kevin Cowart of Tennessee Valley Archaeological Research demonstrated Ground Penetrating Radar technology to discove r unmarked graves in both the Wheeler Family Cemetery and the African-American Cemetery.

AHC staff Collier Neeley and Hannah Garmon gave a demonstration of how to clean historic grave stones using proper preservation techniques. Participants then had an opportunity to clean the markers using soft bristle brushes, D2 cleaning solution, and other helpful tools.  
AHC staff plan to return soon and repair two broken grave markers, one in the Wheeler Cemetery and the other in the African-American Cemetery. We will make an instructional "how to" video about proper repair techniques and post it to our website.
Pictured: Workshop participants learning about cleaning techniques. 
Places in Peril Nominations Due April 1 

Since 1994, the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation have joined forces to sponsor  Places in Peril , a program that highlights significant endangered properties. As awareness yields commitment, and commitment yields action, these endangered properties can be saved and returned to their places as treasured landmarks.

Places in Peril has helped save many important landmarks that may otherwise have been lost. The program focuses on bringing public awareness to nominated places and sites to rally local and statewide support. Over the course of 25 years, the program has highlighted more than 250 resources.
The deadline to nominate a property is April 1, 2019. Any type of building, ruin, site, or place is eligible to submit a nomination. Places in Peril has listed theaters, schools, caves, jails, churches, and houses. The application requires brief, but clear answers to a handful of questions regarding a property's significance, threat, and the designation of a local contact and local advocacy group with the capacity to leverage the support and coverage provided by the listing. Property owner permission and current, good quality photographs of the property are also required.
Please submit applications to Collier Neeley , Alabama Historical Commission, 468 S. Perry Street, Montgomery, AL 36130-0900. If you have questions, please contact Collier Neeley at 334.230.2696 or

Alabama Register Update

The following properties were recently added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage. The Alabama Historical Commission created the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage as a listing of historic resources (buildings, sites, structures, objects, districts, and cultural landscapes) in Alabama that are worthy of preservation. These properties may be of national, state, or local significance. The designation is honorary and carries no restrictions or financial incentives.  It also does not carry automatic listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  For more information visit our website .
Black Bricklayers Hall  - Montgomery County

Located in Montgomery and constructed in 1912, the Black Bricklayers Union Hall was used by  Martin Luther King Jr. and became the permanent office of the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) after moving from the Alabama Negro Baptist Center and the Lewis's Citizens Club. 

After the success of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956, the MIA helped found the much larger Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957. Although it was never again in the spotlight the way that it was during the boycott, the MIA continued to work to improve race relations in Montgomery in the years following their transportation triumph. Mrs. Johnnie Carr, a Montgomery woman who was active in the boycott, served as the group's president until her death in 2008. 

Judge Charles Conley also held offices in the Bricklayers Hall. Conley was an attorney involved with many important Civil Rights cases, including the landmark Supreme Court Case New York Times Co. v. Sullivan in 1964.  He represented four ministers, including Ralph Abernathy, as co-plaintiffs with the Times, contributing to briefs in a case that ultimately established the "actual malice" standard needed to be met before news accounts about public officials could be deemed libelous. The ruling allowed unfettered coverage of civil rights demonstrations taking place throughout the South. 
The Crane Home - Shelby County

The Crane Home is located in Chelsea in Shelby County and was constructed in 1897 for farmer John Weldon Crane (1868-1939) and his spouse, Olivia Jane Nivens Crane (1871-1969). 

The Cranes Home is considered to be the oldest house still standing in Chelsea. In 1969, the home was sold to a lawyer who then used it as an office for many years. 114 years after its construction, The City of Chelsea purchased the home, renovated the space, and transformed it into the Chelsea City Library which opened in 2011. The Chelsea City Library moved to a larger location in 2018, and the Chelsea Museum moved from Chelsea City Hall (across the street) to the Crane Home where it currently resides.

Hensen Service Station - Marion County

Guin's Hensen Servicve Station was constructed in 1942 by Guin native, and station owner, Odie Henson. On April 3, 1974, Guin was the subject of national attention after a tornado struck the town. "The Super Outbreak, " was described in a news report that stated "An F5 tornado struck the heart of the small town Guin, Alabama at 9:02 pm on April 3, 1974, killing 25 residents on a day when more than 300 died nationally, and 949 people were injured in one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history."

The Henson Service Station received some damage, but remained functional. In the days that followed the storm, the station was a focal point in the community where residents could go to learn news about friends and family affected by the storm. It was the only location in the Marion County where first responders and emergency personnel could refuel. 
Kenan House- Geneva County

This home was constructed in 1887 by Mr. and Mrs. Kenan, a newly arrived couple to Geneva in Geneva County. Mrs. Kenan had a cultural background and belief that "ideas build the world, and ideas come from books." 

At the time of their arrival, there were few books in Geneva, so when townspeople learned of Emma's sizable book collection, residents both young and old gathered at her home to read, discuss, and borrow her books. 

Emma Kenan saw this as an opportunity to plant a seed in the town that would grow to become the first public library of Geneva. In 1904, a  public library was established in the school before moving to a small building in the downtown area. A few years later, the building burned, and the few salvaged books were relocated to the Kenan's home where Emma continued to operate the library until about 1925. When Major F.M. Fleming became mayor of Geneva, he made a room in the Armory available to Mrs. Kenan for the library, where it prospered until the flood of 1929 destroyed nearly all the books and equipment. Determined to keep the library alive, Mrs. Kenan salvaged everything she could and sent letter appealing to the community for donations to reopen the library; however,  the Armory burned in 1930, and nothing could be saved. Efforts to build a library at a new location began with a $2,000 donation. Not long after the library dream was once again realized, Mrs. Kenan's health failed, and she was forced to step aside. The Kenan's youngest daughter, Rebekah took over her mother's work and became the library's first salaried librarian.

Sugar Hill House 
- Talladega County

Civil War Veteran Joshua Oden Jr. is credited with building Sylacauga's Sugar Hill House in 1870. 

Mr. Jim Sherrill (1846-1928) purchased the home in 1885 and expanded the property's original 10 acres of land to a  total of 196 acres.  His wife, Lena, inherited the home after her husband's passing in 1928. Dr. French Hood Craddock, executor to the Sherrill will, purchased the home in 1933  with the original 10 acres. Six years later, Dr. Craddock sold to property to S. O. White in 1939. Mr. and Mrs. White were educators and used the home for a summer residence for ten years before selling it in 1949 to Mr. Walker Hunter.

The Hunters purchased the home and quickly began restoration.  A  1949 newspaper article interviewing the Hunters relates that Mrs. Hunter said the original walls were made of mud and horsehair. As part of the restoration, the walls were replaced with plaster. Due to severe damage, the Hunters chose to cover the 19th century home's original pine floors with oak hardwood. Other changes included the addition of two bathrooms after the four large stone fireplaces between the four main rooms were removed. The current owners, Harold and Linda Dickson, purchased the home in 1992 with plans to add additional living space to the original four-room home. With the assistance of  architect Robert Simpson of Emory Kirkwood & Associates in Birmingham, plans were designed to open the attic and add a master suite in the attic space. The original four rooms of the home have not been altered, though an additional family room, kitchen and breakfast room were added to the home as well as a comfortable back porch
Notasulga High School - Macon County
The Macon County High School at Notasulga, later named Notasulga High School c. 1975, has several historic building periods, 1935-1936, 1954, 1964-65, and 1993. The school holds local architectural significance in Macon County as a rare example of Spanish Revival design in a public building. Designed and constructed by the Works Progress Administration in 1935-1936, the school is centered on a projecting center building, which served as the original auditorium and gymnasium for the high school. The Notasulga High School holds national significance for its history during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and its close association with the landmark federal case of Lee v. Macon County Board of Education. Attorney Fred Gray filed suit on behalf of eight families in federal district court against the continued school segregation. Lee v. Macon County Board of Education, has been described by legal scholars as "perhaps the best opportunity for litigation to promote racial equality in American schools."  

Black Heritage Council Update

Black Heritage Council Vice Chair Elvin Lang and Alabama Historical Commissioner Thomas Coley attended the Remembering Africatown: "Spirit of our Ancestors Festival"  at the Mobile County Training School in Mobile. More than 300 individuals participated in the event. The festival was organized around the families of Charlie Lewis, Peter Lee, Orsa Keeby, Pollee Allen, and Cudjo Lewis, who became the most well known of the individuals from Africa who were brought to Mobile aboard the Clotilda, the last known ship to dock in the U.S. with enslaved individuals. The event also  included a guest presentation from Dr. Natalie Robertson, author of The Slave Ship CLOTILDA and the Making of Africatown, USA.
On February 14, BHC Vice Chair Elvin Lang attended a tour of the Historic Oaklawn Cemetery. The tour date was significant because of its connection to one of the Tuskegee Airmen buried at the cemetery. Participants on the tour were able to view internment locations of veterans from many U.S. military regiments including 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry, Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders, the Red Ball Express Truck Drivers, and the famed Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd and 93rd Infantry Division of WW I and WW II. The tour also included the sites of those who were at Pearl Harbor, others who served in the Korean War, and Merchant Marines. The group was also able to pay homage to three brothers who served in the Vietnam war and were decorated with the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Purple Heart. Other highlights on the tour included the grave sites of two former enslaved individuals, seven grave sites of Jewish Soldiers, as well as grave sites of Black Military Policemen and Medics.

Where in the State are AHC Staff?

Matt Gage, Carey Oakley, Stacye Hathorn, and Harry Holstein outside Cathedral Caverns (photo by Camille Bowman)
The 64th Annual Winter Meeting of the Alabama Archaeological Society was held on Saturday, January 26, at the Guntersville Museum and Cultural Center. Speakers were: Ryan Parish, lithic material expert from Memphis State, Jan Simek of the University of Tennessee, who presented research of Mud Glyph sites, and Shane Miller of Mississippi State who provided an update on the latest season at the Hester Site. A silent book auction was held and there was a field trip to Cathedral Caverns. More than 70 people attended. 
Harry Holstein and Carey Oakley giving the introduction to the Cathedral Caverns Tour. 
Mary Shell participated in DesignAla bama's annual Mayor's Design Summit on February 6-7 in Mobile.  She worked with design professionals to assist mayors with a specific design issue in their community.  Mayors of two CLGs were included in this class - Kerry Underwood of Tuscumbia and Bob Holk of Magnolia Springs.  The other mayors participating were Yank Lovelace of Brewton, Howard Rubenstein of Saraland, and Michael McMillan of Spanish Fort.
The City of Foley and Foley Historic Preservation Commission hosted a workshop on designating and protecting significant historic resources.  The program was provided by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions with experts in historic preservation topics from Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina.  Foley received a CLG grant to host the workshop and had representatives from Magnolia Springs, Fairhope, Daphne, Summerdale and Mobile.
Freedom Rides Museum Director Dorothy Walker was honored to meet Civil Rights icon and former UN Ambassador, Representative, and Mayor Andrew Young. They met at the Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. Centennial commemoration in Montgomery, honoring the life and legacy of Alabama's own Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr. The Freedom Rides Museum was pleased to host registration for the event.  Attendees included Lisa D. Jones, Executive Director, Clara Nobles, Assistant Executive Director, and Eleanor Cunningham, Director of Historic Sites. 

Happenings at #AHCsites

The State Capitol is participating in a two month-long celebration of Alabama 200 by hosting artwork and music performances by Alabama school children. 

The State Superintendent's Visual Art Show was open to the public through February 26th. 
 Music from Alabama student ensembles will fill the air every Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda at 12:10 pm throughout February and March.

Click here to view a special video performance of the Brookwood Elementary Orff Ensemble from Brookwood, AL in Tuscaloosa County. 
Friends of the Freedom Rides Museum chair Dr. Valda Harris Montgomery met with Vanderbilt University students at the Freedom Rides Museum. Dr. Montgomery shared powerful stories from her childhood, growing up in Montgomery during the peak of Civil Rights Movement activity, including having her parents' home serve as a safe house for the Freedom Rides in May of 1961.
Morningview Elementary (Montgomery) and Advent Episcopal Day School (Birmingham) met history face-to-face when they toured the Freedom Rides Museum with Freedom Rider Rip Patton, including singing freedom songs and learning how they can recognize and stand up against injustice in their own lives, at any age.
Dylan Tucker snapped this photo of War of 1812 participants at Fort Morgan.
A special traveling exhibit by The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities and the Alabama Department of Archives and History is making its way to the southern part of our state. "Remembering the Great War: Alabama and World War One" will be on display at Fort Morgan until July 4, 2019.

For more information about the exhibit, visit .
Goat Hill Museum Store celebrated Black History month with three local authors. Senator George H. Clay, Dr. Valda Harris Montgomery, and Mr. William C. Lennard were on hand February 9 for a special book signing engagement. 

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The Alabama 1819 Descendants Project 

The Alabama Department of Archives and History has just launched its Alabama 1819 Descendants Project. 

Are you a descendant of one of the 44 delegates who signed Alabama's Constitution of 1819? We want to hear from you! The Alabama Historical Commission is partnering with Alabama 200, the Alabama Department of Archives and History, and a network of other statewide historical organizations to identify descendants of:
  • The 44 convention delegates 
  • Alabama's First Governor William Wyatt Bibb
  • U.S. Senator Charles Tait

We want to identify descendants to keep them informed of special bicentennial events. If you, or someone you know, is a descendant, please direct them to this  form

Happenings Around the State

March 23 - Wilcox County Tour of Homes

Join the Wilcox Historical Society in beautiful Camden, AL as they celebrate state and county history through a tour of many of the areas most well-preserved, historically significant structures.

Discounted tickets are offered for groups of 10 or more when purchased in advance. To order call Tour Coordinator, Elizabeth Reaves (334)-882-1538.  For additional details and information please visit , or contact them via email 

March 23 - 24 and 29-31 - Canebreak Homecoming 

If you love historic homes, don't miss your chance to tour these rarely-open sites in the Canebrake. Tickets for the event may be purchased online here, via their website  or at designated sites in each county. #AHCSite   Magnolia Grove  is a featured stop on this fabulous tour. 
March 30 - Researching the History of Your Historic Property 

Join the Decatur Historic Preservation Commission and Morgan County Archives staff as they show you tricks of the trade in researching the history of your historic property. The Morgan County Archives in Decatur plays host to this event from 10am-12pm on Saturday, March 30. 

This workshop is especially for persons who own historic houses or other buildings or who just love historic architecture.  Presented by research professional, Morgan County Archivist and Historic Preservation Commission of Decatur member John Allison and professional consultant Dr. Caroline Swope.  Workshop is FREE, but registration is requested in advance. To participate, please call 256-351-4726. 
Celebrate Alabama's 200th birthday with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission! Visit to learn more about bicentennial programs, exhibitions, and other commemorations throughout 2019. Explore upcoming events near you with their interactive map and calendar. 

The Alabama Humanities Foundation's Making Alabama, A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit is traveling from county to county in celebration of the Alabama bicentennial celebration.  Find an exhibit location near you by visiting the schedule on their website.  

For more information, contact AHF Director of Operations Laura Anderson at or call (205) 558-3992. 

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