Recent Videos and Activities for 20th Century

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

USS Alabama

The USS Alabama is a World War II-era battleship that first served in the Atlantic theater but was better known for helping to take Japanese-held islands in the Pacific between [more]

April 3, 2018

Montgomery State Capitol

In January 1846, the Alabama legislature moved the state capitol from Tuscaloosa to the more centrally located city of Montgomery. The capitol building, completed in 1851, still serves as the [more]

January 18, 2018

Wright Brothers Flying School

In the spring of 1910, just seven years after their successful flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, aviation pioneers Wilbur and Orville Wright opened the nation’s first civilian flying school [more]

October 10, 2017

Skyline Farms

The Skyline Farms project, established by the federal government in Jackson County in 1934, was one of the more unique socioeconomic experiments in Alabama history. It was one of 43 [more]

October 10, 2017

Louis Pizitz / Pizitz Department Store

Pizitz was a family-owned chain of department stores founded in 1899 in Birmingham by Russian immigrant Louis Pizitz. At its peak, the chain boasted 12 stores, with nine in Birmingham [more]

October 5, 2017

Jo Ann Robinson

Jo Ann Robinson was perhaps the individual most instrumental in planning and publicizing the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, proposing the idea more than a year before it was implemented. When [more]

October 5, 2017

Battle of Mabila

In 1540, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto first set foot in what is now Alabama. When his troops reached the Mabila tribal capital presided over by Chief Tuskaloosa, an encounter [more]

October 5, 2017

Freedom Rides

The 1961 Freedom Rides were a protest against segregation on interstate buses and in terminals in the American South. They began on May 4th and continued throughout the summer. The [more]

April 13, 2017

Coretta Scott King

Coretta Scott King (1927-2006), most widely known as the wife and widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., carried on his vision of nonviolent protest to effect [more]

February 16, 2017