James Alexander Bryan, better known as Brother Bryan, was a well-loved pastor of Third Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. He was an outspoken supporter of racial reconciliation. He is best remembered for his tireless efforts to help the poor and homeless. A 1934 statue of Brother Bryan kneeling in prayer is one of Birmingham’s best-known landmarks. The City of Birmingham renamed Magnolia Park as “Brother Bryan Park” in his honor.
Photos courtesy of: Birmingham Public Library