Confederate Memorial Park, Alabama

Confederate Memorial Park is the site of Alabama’s only Confederate veterans home, which operated from 1902-1939 to care for elderly veterans, wives of veterans, and the widows of veterans. The park has two cemeteries where more than three hundred residents of the veterans home are buried. A museum houses artifacts from the “Old Soldiers Home,” as well as an extensive collection of uniforms, weapons, equipment and other items associated with the Civil War.

Confederate Memorial Park is located between Birmingham and Montgomery, a few miles off Interstate 65 and Highway 31 at 437 County Road 63, Marbury, Alabama 36051.

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is housed in the historic Carver Theatre for the Performing Arts in North Birmingham, Alabama. The museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama through exhibits on musicians like Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, and Erskine Hawkins. Visitors can learn about the history of jazz from the beginnings of boogie woogie with Clarence “Pinetop” Smith to the jazz space journeys of Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Space Arkestra. The museum is a venue for live entertainment, with an active calendar of musical events. The Birmingham Heritage Band, which is affiliated with the museum, is one of the few active big bands in the country. The band was organized in 1976 by a group of veteran musicians who had played with many of the great bands of the country, and features instrumentation of legendary bands like Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Erskine Hawkins. The museum also sponsors jazz education programs for elementary school children, introducing jazz in their classrooms and providing live jazz artists to demonstrate their instruments and introduce basic concepts of music and the history of jazz.

The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame is located at 1631 4th Avenue, North Birmingham, AL 35203.

 

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is a museum on the civil rights movement, from the era of segregation to the birth of the movement and the worldwide struggle for civil and human rights. The exhibits are organized into several galleries. The Barriers Gallery, designed to display everyday life for blacks in Birmingham during the post-war era of segregation, includes exhibits such as white and colored drinking fountains, and the Carver Theatre, a part of Birmingham’s African American district where blacks could see movies without being required to sit in the balcony. The Movement Gallery has displays on the turbulent times from 1955 to 1965, when the Rev. Martin Luther King was most active in Alabama. The Milestones Gallery consists of fifteen burnished steel obelisks that detail dates of significant events from the civil rights movement, including the election of the first blacks to the Alabama Legislature, the Alabama Supreme Court, the U. S. Senate, the Birmingham City Council, and the Birmingham’s office of the Mayor. The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is also a center for education and discussion about civil and human rights issues. The Institute’s projects and services promote research, provide information, and encourage discussion on human rights in America and around the world.

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