Exhibit: Black Belt Alabama

Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:45 PM
Location: Second Floor - Lobby and Reading Room W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library

Categories: Campus Life, University Libraries

Did you know that the Black Panthers owe their name to a voting rights group in Alabama? Or that exiles from colonial Haiti once tried to establish vineyards here? Or that the last battle of the Civil War was fought in the state?

This exhibit, in celebration of the Alabama bicentennial (1819-2019), explores the history of the Black Belt region, where all these things happened – and more. The descriptor “Black Belt” comes from both the rich, dark soil that once made it a major agricultural region and the African Americans who were once enslaved there and continue to make up a majority of the population.

Thematic maps of the region provide context for sections on each county, which feature photos of rural life in the early 20th century and historical background and highlights.

Topics range from its Native American history and the early statehood period to the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights Movement.

The exhibit is open during Hoole Library's regular office hours:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday - 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

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Contact Info: Kate Matheny, kgmatheny@ua.edu, 205-348-0506

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