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Pre-20th Century
Cholera Epidemic of 1873
In 1873, just two years after its founding, Birmingham, was beset by a cholera epidemic that killed 128 people. The disease spread quickly through the city’s water supply. As the ...
Pre-20th Century
Pushmataha
Pushmataha is perhaps the best-known Choctaw leader of the nineteenth century. He is most famous for negotiating treaties with the U.S. government that allied the Choctaws with the Americans against ...
20th Century
Blanche Evans Dean
Blanche Evans Dean was a teacher, author, and conservationist. She published widely on the flora of Alabama and many of her field guides remain the standard today. She helped establish ...
Music
Adele “Vera” Hall
Adele Hall Ward, best known as Vera Hall is considered by many to be the foremost singer of the blues and African American spirituals. She recorded a large body of ...
Music
Sonny James
Marion County native Sonny James was a country music singer widely known by his nickname, the “Southern Gentleman.” During a 30-year career beginning in 1953, he recorded numerous chart-topping country ...
Pre-20th Century
Richmond Pearson Hobson
Greensboro native Richmond Pearson Hobson represented Alabama’s Sixth District in Congress from 1907–1915. A naval officer, he gained fame during the 1898 Spanish-American War for sinking the collier USS Merrimac ...