Vulcan, the world’s largest cast iron statue, overlooks the city of Birmingham and offers breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Birmingham and the surrounding area - a great introduction to the city, day or night. Explore indoor/outdoor exhibits that recount the region’s history since the 1930s.
A PLACE OF OUR OWN: The Fourth Avenue District, Civil Rights, and the Rise of Birmingham’s Black Middle Class
On View April 12 – October 20, 2013
Birmingham was founded in 1871, at a time when black and white businesses existed side by side. As Jim Crow laws took effect in the early 1900s, a separate black business district emerged as a haven for local African-American entrepreneurs. The Fourth Avenue District became home to the enterprises of A. G. Gaston and William Pettiford, the architecture of Wallace Rayfield and a wealth of businesses, entertainment venues and cultural institutions that united blacks from across the city. A Place of Our Own illustrates how the Fourth Avenue District grew into the cultural center of Birmingham’s African American community through oral histories, photographs and artifacts.
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