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Nature
Mary Ivy Burks
Mary Ivy Burks was a leading force behind the founding of the Alabama Conservancy the state’s first independent environmental organization. She served as its first president, its first executive director, ...
Football
Shug Jordan
Ralph “Shug” Jordan coached the Auburn Tigers for 24 seasons, from 1951 through 1975. With 176 wins, Coach Jordan led his alma mater to more wins than any other head ...
Nature
Talladega National Forest
The 375,000 acres that make up the three ranger districts of Talladega National Forest were purchased by the federal government in 1936 as part of an effort to restore clear-cut ...
Baseball
Rickwood Field
Birmingham’s Rickwood Field is the nation’s oldest operating ballpark and served as the home field of the Birmingham Barons, Birmingham A’s and the Birmingham Black Barons for decades. The Birmingham ...
Medicine
Luther Leonidas Hill
Luther Leonidas Hill Jr. was a prominent Montgomery physician and pioneering surgeon during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. In 1902 Hill became the first American physician to perform ...
Music
Erskine Hawkins
Birmingham native Erskine Hawkins was a prominent African American trumpeter, bandleader, and composer during the Big Band era of the 1930s and 40s. His Erskine Hawkins Orchestra was a popular ...