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Vaughan Regional Medical Center invites the community to participate in the nation-wide “Go Red for Women” day on February 4th by wearing something red and encourages all people to follow our Facebook for heart disease education and events during the month of February for Heart Month.
Go Red for Women is a campaign through American Heart Association to raise awareness of Women & Heart Disease.
Black History Month Programs on the Voting Right’s Trail
HAYNEVILLE, AL – In observance of Black History Month 2022, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail will feature special programs at the Lowndes Interpretive Center located at 7002 U.S. Highway 80 West in White Hall. Programs will be offered at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. (CST) each Saturday.
Saturday, February 5
“Behind the Scenes: The History of the Voting Right’s Movement in Lowndes County”
Saturday, February 12
“The People Behind the Lowndes County Voting Right’s Campaign”
Saturday, February 19
“Tent City: The Vote Won and the Repercussions”
Saturday, February 26
“Entering the Political Arena: The Lowndes County Freedom Party”
These programs are being offered by the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail to promote public understanding of history and special places that have been included in the national park system. For further information, contact Park Ranger Theresa Hall at 334-421-0627 or .
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Old Cahawba to host ‘Road to Freedom Wagon Tour’
(Orrville, AL) On Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission, will host the Road to Freedom Wagon Tour.
One hundred years before the 1965 Voting Rights March focused on the Dallas County courthouse in nearby Selma, a brave community of recently emancipated African Americans gathered around an older courthouse in Cahawba. These 19th-century citizens exercised their right to vote and –for a brief time – gained political power. The Road to Freedom Wagon Tour tells the story of Cahawba’s African American majority and traces their path from slavery to freedom with a special emphasis on how they reshaped Cahawba as they pursued their dreams of equality.
“Of all the tours we do, this is perhaps my favorite because it makes me think about the meaning of freedom,” said Linda Derry, Site Director at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park. “I like to start this tour by asking participants to consider what they would do if suddenly, one day, for the first time, they were told they were free. Then, as we tour historic locations throughout the park, we discover the first freedoms that Cahawba’s newly emancipated people sought. This look at the struggle for freedom from the inside out can be a humbling experience.”
By 1860, approximately 64% of Cahawba’s population was African American. After Emancipation, the formerly enslaved laborers engaged in commerce for themselves with their highly skilled craftsmanship, becoming bricklayers, carpenters, blacksmiths, plasterers, and landowners.
Many of those same citizens played prominent roles fighting for hard-won political freedoms. Jeremiah Haralson (born 1846) was self-educated and the only African American to serve in the Alabama House, Alabama Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Jordan Hatcher, Cahawba’s postmaster, was appointed to the Constitutional Convention. Tom Walker was one of Alabama’s first state legislators and became a highly successful lawyer in the District of Columbia, as well as a trustee of Howard University. Sara J. Hatcher Duncan regarded as the Pinnacle of Women’s Power in the A.M.E Church, was born in Cahawba shortly after Emancipation.
Participants will learn about how voting rights and the pursuit of freedom shaped Cahawba. The Road to Freedom Wagon Tour participants will meet at the visitor’s center, rain or shine. Tickets are $8 for children and $10 for adults and available at the Old Cahawba Visitors Center. A maximum of 15 tickets will be sold, so interested parties are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance of the event. Tickets may be purchased by calling 334-872-8058. Old Cahawba accepts all major credit cards.
Old Cahawba lies at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, and from 1819 to 1826 it served as Alabama’s first capital. From downtown Selma, take Highway 22 (Dallas Avenue) west 8.6 miles. Cross over the Cahaba River and turn left onto County Road 9 and follow this 3.3 miles until it dead ends. Turn left onto County Road 2 and follow this 1.5 miles until you see the Visitor Center on the right. Visitor Center Address: 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, AL 36767.
To learn more about Old Cahawba, or the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit www.ahc.alabama.gov.
Join us on Thursday, March 17 for our Lunch at the Library program welcoming Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department. Lee’s new book “The Official U.S. Civil Rights Trail: What Happened Here Changed the World” follows the Civil Rights Trail’s path through trouble and triumph. Lunch tickets are $15.00. Lunch starts at noon and the program at 12:30. Reservations will close on Friday, March 11 at 5:00 p.m. Call 334-874-1725 to reserve your spot.
Welcome Rick Carter to the Library - Thursday, Feb 17, 2022 at 1:00 in the Vaughan Room. Rick is a storyteller, musician and author, coming to talk about his book, Fables and Stories-Tales From An Alabama Troubadour, a collection of short stories, one-liners, poetry, song lyrics, and prose – all about his musical adventures in Alabama. There is no charge to come and hear, enjoy and support Rick as he returns home to Selma. Rick will be selling his book at the event for $25.
The Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Information Invites You to Join us for a
Business After Hours
Sponsored by AC Reeves
Thursday, February 17, 2022
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
201 & 203 Broad Street
Reception for Artist Timothy Joe
Friday, February 18, 2022
At Broad Street Books
22 Broad Street
Pretzels and beer, music and tale-telling, with "Alabama Troubadour" and onetime Selma native Rick Carter, on hand, to celebrate the release of his new book, Fables, and Stories.
The Selma Art Guild’s 50th Birthday Celebration
Sunday, February 20th
at Selma Art Guild Gallery
508 Selma Avenue
Past and present members will be recognized. Artwork from founding and current members will be featured.
Selma Redevelopment Authority Meeting
Thursday, February 24, 2022
Trustmark Bank Community Room
310 Broad Street
The Selma Redevelopment Authority meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
“Bloody Sunday” Photograph Exhibit - February 28-March 4, March 7-11 in the Vaughan Room. The exhibit is free will be open to the public from 9:00- 4:00 with hopes of identifying the courageous Foot Soldiers who participated in that historic event.