Recent Videos and Activities for 20th Century

Judge Frank Johnson

Haleyville native Judge Frank M. Johnson Jr. played a crucial role in shaping civil-rights law in America. Johnson’s legal decisions desegregated schools in Alabama and buses in Montgomery, eliminated the [more]

October 9, 2018

16th Street Baptist Church

The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was the first house of worship for African Americans in Birmingham. Throughout the 1960s, the church was a center of black activism and a staging [more]

August 3, 2018

Virginia Foster Durr

Birmingham native Virginia Foster Durr was a constant presence in progressive Alabama politics and the movement for civil rights in the second half of the twentieth century. In the early [more]

August 3, 2018

Hazel Brannon Smith

Alabama born and educated, Hazel Brannon Smith owned and edited four Mississippi weekly newspapers during the 1950s and 60s. She spoke out against racial violence and intimidation and in support [more]

August 3, 2018

Tuskegee Airmen

The World war II era Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American pilots in U.S. military service. Because Tuskegee was the only training facility for black pilots in the United [more]

July 2, 2018

Blanche Evans Dean

Blanche Evans Dean was a teacher, author, and conservationist. She published widely on the flora of Alabama and many of her field guides remain the standard today. She helped establish [more]

May 28, 2018

Mary Lee Cagle

Alabama-born Mary Lee Cagle was the central figure in a large circle of southern female holiness preachers, a co-founder of the Church of the Nazarene and an organizer of at [more]

May 25, 2018

A.G. Gaston

Birmingham entrepreneur and businessman A. G. Gaston was one of the most successful African American business owners in Alabama. Gaston overcame humble beginnings and racial discrimination to build a $40 [more]

May 25, 2018

Fred Shuttlesworth

Fred Shuttlesworth was one of the pioneering figures of the civil rights era and the central leader of the movement in Birmingham. As pastor of Bethel Baptist Church and founder [more]

April 13, 2018

Hattie Hooker Wilkins

Selma native Hattie Hooker Wilkins was the first woman elected to the Alabama State Legislature. She joined the 1923 Alabama House of Representatives as a Democrat, expressing the belief that [more]

April 13, 2018