The Carver Theatre was erected in 1935 on the corner of Fourth Avenue North and 17th Street North in Birmingham. The Carver was one of several theatres in the Fourth Avenue area offering first-run movies to African Americans. Today called the Carver Theatre for the Performing Arts, the space has been the home of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame since 1993 and serves as a museum and performance venue.

Founded in Birmingham in 1978, the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (AJHOF) celebrates the state’s jazz history and artists. In addition to honoring the accomplishments of jazz musicians and others who have contributed to jazz in Alabama, the AJHOF oversees a museum and an education program that promotes musical performances across Birmingham and organizes visits by musicians to local schools.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama

The Carver Theatre & Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

Photos courtesy of: Birmingham Public Library