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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 ...
Music
Jaybird Coleman
Gainesville native, Burl “Jaybird” Coleman was an influential blues musician. In 1927, he recorded seventeen tracks in Birmingham. In 1930, Jaybird went to Atlanta for two recording sessions as a ...
Pre-20th Century
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 ...
Music
Louvin Brothers
DeKalb County natives Charlie and Ira Loudermilk, better known as the Louvin Brothers, created some of the most impressive country music of the 1950s. In both their lyrical and musical ...
Pre-20th Century
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 ...
Engineering
Tennessee Valley Authority
Created by the U.S. Congress on May 18, 1933, The Tennessee Valley Authority, or TVA, is the nation’s largest public power company and a world-renowned regional development agency. It operates ...