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Pre-20th Century
Brother Bryan
James Alexander Bryan, better known as Brother Bryan, was a well-loved pastor of Third Presbyterian Church in Birmingham. He was an outspoken supporter of racial reconciliation. He is best remembered ...
Pre-20th Century
David Moniac
David Moniac was born near Pinchona Creek in present-day Montgomery County. He was of mixed Creek Indian and white ancestry and a grand-nephew of Creek leader Alexander McGillivray. He was ...
Medicine
Percy L. Julian
Montgomery native Percy L. Julian was an internationally acclaimed chemist. The third African American to receive a Ph.D. in chemistry, he specialized in the chemistry of natural products and their ...
Olympics
Alice Coachman
Tuskegee Institute track star Alice Coachman was the first black female athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. At the 1948 London Olympics, Coachman set an Olympic record in the ...
20th Century
16th Street Baptist Church
The Sixteenth Street Baptist Church was the first house of worship for African Americans in Birmingham. Throughout the 1960s, the church was a center of black activism and a staging ...
Music
Hank Williams, Sr.
In terms of importance and influence, few performers in the history of country music can compare with Hank Williams Sr. Revered by fans drawn to the sincerity of his songs, ...