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Gip’s Place
Bessemer blues legend Henry “Gip” Gipson has been the proprietor of Gip’s Place for over sixty years. This juke joint first started in 1952 when Gipson began hosting barbecues in ...
20th Century
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 ...
Pre-20th Century
State Seal of Alabama
The Alabama State Seal, called the Great Seal, was first designed in 1817 by the governor of the Alabama Territory and later first governor of the state, William Wyatt Bibb. ...
20th Century
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 ...
Music
Willie Mae Thornton
Montgomery native Willie Mae, Big Momma, Thornton was an influential African American blues singer and songwriter whose career extended from the 1940s to the early 1980s. She is best known ...
Racing
Talladega Superspeedway
In the late 1960s, NASCAR founder Bill France was scouting locations for a new race track that would rival the size and speed of Daytona. Eventually he settled on an ...