Events of Interest


Events of Interest


Important events in the country including World Wars I and II or in the West Alabama area including racial intergration of the University of Alabama, natural disasters and civic celebrations. Items are arranged in chronological order. Some of the major events are:

Centennial Celebration, 1916
World War I
World War II
Integration of the University of Alabama, 1963
Tuscaloosa Civil Rights March, 1964
Tornado of April 27, 2011

Also includes the front pages of the Tuscaloosa News on historic occasions

Civic events such as parades are documented as well.

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Items in the Events of Interest Collection

Black Warrior's Town
The historical marker for Black Warrior's Town is located in front of Tuscaloosa Fire Department No. 8 at 2200 Eutaw Highway.

The sign reads: One half mile north was the Creek Indian village known as Black Warrior's Town, of which Oce-Oche-Motla…

Remembering Tuscaloosa County Victims of Lynching
On March 6, 2017, a commemorative program was held to unveil a historical marker remembering Tuscaloosa County victims of lynching. The marker is in front of the Old Jail at 2803 6th Street, Tuscaloosa.

The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) works…

Tuscaloosa News Headline May 7, 1915: Lusitania Torpedoed by the Germans
Front page of The Tuscaloosa News, May 7, 1915, after the Lusitania was sunk by a German U-boat.

Tuscaloosa Centennial Program
The program for the Tuscaloosa Centennial in 1916. Includes a full description of the different events. It also names the Executive Committee for the Celebration. The committee was made up of: F.G. Blair- Chairman, Sam F. Clabaugh- Secretary, W.W.…

Tuscaloosa Centennial Parade, 1916
Tuscaloosa's Centennial was celebrated in 1916 (rather than 1919) to coincide with the 100th Anniversary of the first white settlers in the area.

The city was very excited to celebrate the first 100 years of Tuscaloosa with pageants and a parade.

Alston Building, 1916 Centennial Celebration
The Alston Building is decorated for the 1916 centennial celebration of the settlement of Tuscaloosa.

Blondheim Float, Centennial Parade 1916
Blondheim came from Washington D.C., to Tuscaloosa and began working as a salesman for the firm of Friedman & Rosenau, continuing with them until April, 1895, when he opened his own store which grew nicely from its modest start. His business was…

Centennial Reenactors
Reenactors during the 1916 Tuscaloosa Centennial.

City Commissioners in Centennial Parade, 1916
City Commissioners alight from their official car as the 1916 Centennial Parade ends in front of City Hall on Greensboro Avenue. The commissioners were Cliff Atkinson, D. Beatty Robertson, and Hugh Prince.

Dance of the Vegetables, 1916
Dance of the Vegetables - performed May 30, 1916 at Tuscaloosa's Centennial Celebration.