Recent Videos and Activities for Pre-20th Century

Convict-Lease System

Between 1875 and 1928, the state of Alabama profited from a form of prison labor known as the convict-lease system perpetuating a form of slavery. Under this system, companies paid [more]

March 28, 2019

Alabama State University

Founded in 1867, Alabama State University is a historically black university located in Montgomery. The school’s professors and students played a major role in the city’s famous bus boycott. In [more]

March 28, 2019

Joe Cain

Joe Cain is regarded as the founder of Mobile’s modern-day Mardi Gras celebration. Before the Civil War, Mobile Mardi Gras was celebrated in conjunction with festivities to ring in the [more]

January 3, 2019

Rube Burrow

Like the more famous outlaw Jesse James, Lamar County native Reuben Houston Burrow, better known as Rube Burrow, headed a gang of train robbers that included his younger brother Jim [more]

January 2, 2019

Julia Tutwiler

Tuscaloosa native Julia Tutwiler was an educator, prison reformer, writer and outspoken proponent of education for women. She was closely involved with the founding of institutions that became the University [more]

November 27, 2018

Madame Octavia Le Vert

Madame Octavia Walton Le Vert was a 19th century socialite and writer known as the “Pride of Mobile”. She hosted lavish parties at her home for Mobile society, political figures [more]

November 16, 2018

Benjamin Turner

Benjamin Turner was an entrepreneur, business executive, civic leader, and legislator. Born into slavery, Turner became the first African American Representative from Alabama elected to the U.S. Congress. He founded [more]

October 9, 2018

General Joseph Wheeler

General Joseph Wheeler served as the commander of cavalry for the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the Civil War, then went on to a career as a member of Congress [more]

October 9, 2018

Brother Bryan

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 [more]

August 3, 2018

David Moniac

David Moniac was born near Pinchona Creek in present-day Montgomery County. He was of mixed Creek Indian and white ancestry and a grand-nephew of Creek leader Alexander McGillivray. He was [more]

August 3, 2018