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Tuscaloosa Area Virtual Museum

Early Years

Although he has been an Alabama resident most of his life, Al DuPont grew up 80 miles northwest of Baton Rouge in the small town of Bunkie, Louisiana.

He was raised on a farm and attended a very small school, which had a graduating class of only fifteen people. DuPont remembers a time in which his family had no electricity or gas and all food was grown or raised. In fact, the only purchases his family made was salt once a year. Everything else was produced on the farm.

Early on DuPont learned the value of hard work and helping others in need. Although his experiences through the Great Depression were challenging to say the least, he was able to see at a young age how important it was to help your fellow man.