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Alabama Black History

Contributions Of African Americans To Alabama


Alabama is rich with Black History and the contributions that African Americans have made to our state and our country.  Since 1976, Black History Month has been observed in the month of February in the United States.  Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history.

1. Scottsboro Boys Museum

Scottsboro Boys
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Scottsboro became famoous worldwide when a trial against nine black boys for raping two white women was brought to the nation's attention. The appeals of these trials that lead to death sentences & life imprisonment became the beginning of our modern civil rights movement. 

2. Famous Alabamian: Condoleezza Rice

Condoleeza Rice
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Condoleezza Rice is without a doubt one of the most impressive women to come out of Alabama.  She served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.  Condoleezza Rice was born in Birmingham, Alabama, November 14, 1954, the only child of Jamaican immigrants, Angelena Rice and the Reverend John Wesley Rice, Jr. Her father was a minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church and her mother was a music teacher.

3. State Black Archives Research Center & Museum

Alabama Black Archives & Museum at Alabama A & M University
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In 1987, the Alabama Legislature passed a bill establishing the State Black Archives Research Center & Museum. The Research Center opened in 1990. It is located in the historic James H. Wilson Building on the campus of Alabama A & M University in Normal, Alabama, just outside Huntsville.

4. African American Art Featured at Huntsville Museum (2005)

African American Art Featured at Huntsville Museum of Art
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In 2005, the Huntsville Museum of Art presented the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art in honor of Black History Month. Of the over 1,000 pieces in this privately owned collection, 81 are on display in Huntsville. As a young physician, Dr. Evans became interested in art in the 1960's as he traveled around the world in the Navy. He noticed an absence of African American artists and subjects. He began to collect seriously in the 1970's.

5. Vonetta Flowers – Black Athlete Competes in Olympics

"Running On Ice: The Overcoming Faith Of Vonetta Flowers"
Vonetta Flowers was the first black athlete (male or female)--from any country--to ever win an Olympic Winter Games gold medal. In the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, Vonetta and Jill Bakken drove USA to an Olympic gold medal, ending the United States' 46-year medal drought in bobsled.

6. Alabama African Americans Genealogy

Alabama genealogy information on Alabama African Americans including churches, genealogy, slave records and many other links.

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