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Mar 19, 2019 - Birmingham

We had a somewhat uneventful drive to Birmingham – our old stomping ground in Alabama. I say somewhat uneventful because the check engine light came on during the drive. We didn’t have any loss of power so we kept traveling and figured we would deal with it when we reached our spot at the Hoover Met. The Birmingham area is sorely lacking in the RV Park and Campground arena. When we sold our house back in 2016, we looked for a place to stay for two months before we retired and couldn’t find anything that we would be comfortable staying at...

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2019 Life in our RV

Feb 26, 2018 - Floor and Decor and Grandkids

We arrived in Knoxville in mid-afternoon and went directly to Floor and Decor where we had purchased tile and heated floor supplies for the basement remodeling. Larry went in immediately to return stuff (no better feeling than getting money back). He cBATTERame back shortly very excited. "I got back $1200!!!!" GAS MONEY. ZIP-A-DEE-DOO-DAH!!! Then he returned some used RV batteries to Costco and got $100 back. Feeling good! You know that won't last. After a long week of work and packing we were just too tired to leave the RV. One of the...

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Oct 5, 2017 - Birmingham's Vulcan

How is Vulcan connected to St. Louis? Vulcan was originally created to advertise Birmingham’s iron and steel industries at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. He was created by an Italian sculptor in pieces and then sent to St. Louis to be assembled. Therefore, during the 1904 World’s Fair, St. Louis was Vulcan’s home. Why is Vulcan an appropriate symbol for Birmingham? The city of Birmingham contains rich deposits of coal, iron ore, and limestone. The access to these materials made them leaders in the steel and iron making industry. Vulcan...

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Oct 4, 2017 - The Story behind a Statue in Kelly Ingram Park

There are many different statues in Kelly Ingram Park that are both interesting and meaningful. One statue that I found particularly interesting and decided to learn more about was the one called “Water Canons.” This statue depicts two black children, dripping wet, cowering away from a water hose. The story behind this statue is that during the Children’s March, police had filled up all of the jails with child protestors and had nowhere to go with the rest of the children. In an effort to make them leave, Bull Connor orders that they be...

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Oct 4, 2017 - Birmingham's Vulcan

"There is no better symbol for the city of Birmingham than the statue Vulcan." Vulcan was created to represent Birmingham's future as the iron and steel making capital of the South. The statue carried out this mission with great success when it was shown at the 1904 Worlds Fair in St. Louis, winning the grand prize at the palace of mines and metallurgy. After much debate, it was decided that the statue of Vulcan would e placed on the State Fair grounds in Birmingham, Alabama. This temporary location would be his home for the next 30 years....

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Oct 4, 2017 - The story behind a Statue in Kelly Ingram Park.

The statue I chose is called "Childrens' Crusade." In this statue, two children are shown standing behind bars. On May 2nd, 1963, more than 1,000 students ditched school and marched downtown. They gathered at the 16th Street Baptist Church to peacefully protest segregation in the city. Despite their peaceful actions, more than 600 children were jailed that day. The next day, another 1,000 students arrived to peacefully protest again with uplifting songs. Bull Connor replied to these calm protests with actions of violence. This statue really...

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Oct 4, 2017 - 5 Memorable Features of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

1. Segregation Gallery: a collection of visuals that shows the reality of segregation in Birmingham, including black and white water fountains, classrooms, and bus seating 2. Model of one of the Freedom Riders Buses: replica of one of the buses ridden from Washington DC to New Orleans in 1961 to protest segregation in public transportation that was met with violence and opposition from whites 3. Original Window of 16th Street Baptist Church: a window from the church in Birmingham bombed on September 15, 1963 in retaliation of the...

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Oct 4, 2017 - Birmingham Sunday

The 1963 bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church is a tragic and horrifying reminder of the consequences of hate and prejudice present in our communities. In order to fully appreciate and understand the events of September 15, 1963, you must first examine the series of events leading up to and the climate of Birmingham prior to the bombing. In the early 1950s, every aspect of life, from your seat on a bus to the school you attended, was segregated in southern communities like Birmingham. Angered blacks pushed for reform and organized...

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Oct 2, 2017 - 5 Memorable Features of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

1) Models of segregation of blacks and whites: White and colored water fountains, specifically black schools with worse resources than white schools, and "white" and "colored" sections on the bus 2) The bible of reverend Fred Shuttlesworth: He was the reason that the Birmingham civil rights movement took off and worked. He was a fearless man who stood up for what he believed in. 3) 4th Avenue: A center for people of color in Birmingham Alabama. You can see replicas of the barber shops and pictures of the theaters, drugstores, and shops....

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Jul 13, 2017 - July 13, 2017 – Birmingham, Alabama

July 13, 2017 – Birmingham, Alabama Today I made my last trip to Birmingham. I found out that the Alabama Jazz Museum is closed for remodeling, and no one knows when it will be open again. I’ll have to leave it on my list for another time. I’m also leaving the tour of the Mercedes Benz plant for another time. I did get to the Negro Southern League Museum. This museum has the largest collection of original Negro League baseball artifacts in the country. Negro League baseball grew out of the teams fielded by the various iron foundries in...

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Jun 20, 2017 - June 20, 2017 – Birmingham, Alabama

June 20, 2017 – Birmingham, Alabama I started off this morning trying to find the 1/5 size Statue of Liberty. My GPS sent me on a wild goose chase, but I had fun anyway because I was on another one of those narrow, windy roads. I did finally find the Statue. It is located on the grounds of the headquarters of the Alabama Boy Scouts. The Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark was a fascinating place to visit. I don’t think the pictures come near showing what it was like. The Sloss Furnaces is currently the only 20th century blast furnace...

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Jun 17, 2017 - June 17, 2017 – Birmingham, Alabama

June 17, 2017 – Birmingham, Alabama I visited the Birmingham Botanical Gardens this morning. It was overcast and cool so it was a good day to be out walking. The iris were pretty well gone, but the lilies were a riot of color. There were also roses in bloom. The part of the gardens which I enjoyed most was the Japanese garden. They have a tea house in the Japanese garden, but it was closed up. I don’t know if they have tea ceremonies there or not, but it would be a lovely place for one. I had lunch at Niki’s West. It is rated as “Memorable,...

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