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Mobile Health Department

Mobile’s commitment to public health has been a component of the city’s illustrious history since its founding in 1702. The Board of Health was officially established in 1816 as the [more]

December 13, 2019

Ida Vines Moffett

Born in 1905, in Toadvine, Jefferson County, Ida Vines Moffett was a lifelong champion of compassionate care. Always dressed in her traditional white uniform, she advocated constant contact with patients [more]

December 12, 2019

Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company (ADDSCO)

Founded in December 1916, the Alabama Dry Dock and Shipbuilding Company, or ADD-S-CO, was an important component of the maritime industry of Mobile for much of the twentieth century, helping [more]

December 12, 2019

Mae Jemison

Decatur native Mae Jemison is a physician and former astronaut who became the first African American woman to go into space. Jemison was chosen as one of 15 candidates from [more]

December 10, 2019

Coal Mining

Experiencing both boom and bust, the coal-mining industry has played an huge role in Alabama’s economy. During the 1840s, entrepreneurs discovered four large coal fields and soon vastly expanded the [more]

October 22, 2019

NASA Marshall – Landing on the Moon

The George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville has been the heart of the U.S. space program since its beginnings in the late 1950s.   Marshall Space Flight Center was [more]

October 9, 2019

William Crawford Gorgas

William Crawford Gorgas was born on October 3, 1854, in Toulminville, Alabama. Gorgas was a pioneer in the field of public health and tropical medicine and his work in eradicating [more]

March 28, 2019

Kathryn C. Thornton

Montgomery native Kathryn C. Thornton is a physicist and former NASA astronaut. A veteran of four space flights, Thornton has logged over 975 hours in space, including more than 21 [more]

November 19, 2018

E.O. Wilson

E. O. Wilson, known as the “father of biodiversity,” is a naturalist, environmentalist, ecologist, entomologist and humanist. Born in Birmingham, Wilson moved around in childhood and grew up largely in [more]

November 16, 2018

Eugene Allen Smith

Eugene Allen Smith was a professor of chemistry and mineralogy at the University of Alabama. As state geologist he was tasked with traveling throughout the state to document its resources. [more]

November 16, 2018