Page 1


George Washington Carver AGRICULTURAL SCIENTIST . TUSKEGEE . 1864-1943 By all accounts George Washington Carver was a man of many tal-

al talents and referred him to what is now Iowa State University to

ents. He had a thirst for knowledge from a very young age and, as a

study Agriculture. In 1891 he became the school’s first African-

young African-American man, had a hard time finding an educational

American student.

environment that would challenge him. Born close to 1864 – his

Carver excelled at what was then The Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts and not only graduated with honors, but saw his paintings hang in the Worlds Fair and had some of his poetry published. Still, he stayed on as a graduate student and became the school’s first African-American faculty member. After having several academic papers published, Carver started to receive national attention, and in 1897, Booker T. Washington, wrote to Carver and convinced him to come to the South and serve as the Director of Agriculture at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute for Negroes – the school Washington founded which is now known as Tuskegee University.

Through agricultural chemistry, he discovered three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds others for pecans, soybeans, and sweet potatoes. SAVING THE SOUTH It was during his time in Tuskegee that Carver developed his crop rotation method. He educated farmers how to rotate their cotton crops with soil enriching crops of peanuts, peas, pecans, soybeans, and sweet potatoes. It was his work at Tuskegee that helped the region rebuild from the devastation of the Civil War and dependence on a failing cottonbased economy. He gave farmers not only more types of crops to grow, but hundreds of more ways to market them – due to his hundreds of discoveries of uses from many different plants. By 1938, peanuts had become the chief product of Alabama and had soared to a $200 million industry. A seemingly self-effacing man, he only applied and received three exact birth date is unknown – his early life was filled with tragedies

patents during his lifetime. He donated most of his life’s savings in

that may have brought a lesser man down. His father died prior to his

1940 to the George Washington Carver Foundation and willed his

birth in Diamond Grove, Missouri, and as an infant, his mother was

estate to the organization so that his work would be continued.

kidnapped by people involved in the slave trade and was never heard

HONORS AND AWARDS Carver received many more awards and

from again. His quest for knowledge reportedly started at age 10,

honors that there is room here to list. Among the most notable are:

and he could have been known as an expert in many fields. However,

two honorary Doctor of Science degrees – the first from Simpson

the Library of Congress lists George Washington Carver as an

College in Indianola, Iowa, and the second from Selma University,

Agricultural Scientist. Through agricultural chemistry, he discovered

Alabama; the Roosevelt Medal for Outstanding Contributions to

three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds others for pecans,

Southern Agriculture; the first monument dedicated to an African-

soybeans, and sweet potatoes.

American was erected in his honor at his Missouri birthplace, and

EDUCATIONAL LIFE Tremendously gifted in both art and music, after trying several educational communities across the Midwest, he

after his death his image graced both a stamp and a half dollar coin. George Washington Carver began his life as an orphaned slave in

entered Simpson, a small college in Indinaola, Iowa, to study paint-

Alabama. Yet, due to his life’s work and ingenuity; he left this world a

ing and piano. His art instructor somehow recognized his horticultur-

much better place for all of us. I

46 |

Alabama


Alabama

HOME SWEET HOME

John Croyle FOOTBALL PLAYER/HUMANITARIAN . GADSDEN John Croyle seems to have always been a man on a mission. He

Boys. He would become more famous for his humanitarian efforts

was born in Gadsden, Alabama, on March 9, 1951. At Gadsden

than his athletic success.

High School he was a prep All-America in football and basketball.

On March 6, 1974, at John Croyle Day in Gadsden, he received a

At the University of Alabama he played on a national championship

check from the Alabama Alumni Association for $5,000 toward his

team, and after college he dedicated his life to helping kids in des-

dream. A Birmingham businessman followed with a $15,000 dona-

perate circumstances.

tion, but Croyle was well short of the funds needed. Then former

FOOTBALL DAYS John Croyle played football at the University of

Tide teammate and first round draft pick of the New England

Alabama under Paul “Bear “Bryant. When Bryant talked, people lis-

Patriots, John Hannah, stepped up. He pledged his $30,000 signing

tened. Croyle listened and the words of wisdom not only paid divi-

bonus and the ranch opened its doors to four boys. Since then, sev-

dends for John but for hundreds of children.

eral new houses designed to be homes to eight boys and house

Standing six feet six inches and weighing 210 pounds Croyle

parents have been constructed with the first new structure named

looked more like a basketball star than a football standout. However,

the John Hannah House. Among the many other homes honoring

he excelled as a defensive end in the tough Southeastern

ranch supporters are the Paul Bryant House, the Gaylon McCollough

Conference. During a knee injury plagued tenure at the Capstone, he

House, and the Ray Perkins House.

garnered second team All-SEC honors in 1972 and won the “Jerry

Through the years, children who have suffered from every form of

Duncan-I Like to Practice Award” in 1973. Versus Mississippi State

abuse imaginable have found shelter – and a chance at Big Oak

in 1973 he recorded 11 tackles including a quarterback sack for a

Ranch. By his side has been his wife, Teresa. They raised daughter,

32 yard loss. To cap off a stellar performance that day he blocked a

Reagan, and son, Brodie, at the ranch. Reagan played basketball at

field goal attempt and returned it 40 yards.

the University of Alabama where she was crowned Homecoming

HELPING OTHERS IN NEED Croyle visited with Bryant to discuss the career path he had contemplating and if playing in the NFL could help fund his plan. Bryant said, “Don’t play professional ball

Queen and married a Tide quarterback. Brodie starred as quarterback at Alabama and plays with the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. The Big Oak Ranch has been featured in many publications,

unless you’re willing to marry it.” Right then the seed that had been

including Time and Reader’s Digest. The ministry has expanded over

planted during a summer job began to take root. At the age of 19,

the years to include the Big Oak Girls Ranch and Westbrook

Croyle worked in Lumberton, Mississippi, at the King’s Arrow Ranch

Christian School.

for boys. He saw the need and realized he could be a ray of hope

John Croyle has been quoted as saying, “I tell new kids three

for boys in bad situations. He decided to forgo professional football

things. First, I love you. Second, I will never lie to you. Third, I will

and started work on what would become the Big Oak Ranch for

stick with you until you are grown.” I

This is just to show the point size and placement of the photo caption. This text is not actual photo caption text.

ALABAMA VISIONARY | 47


Courteney Cox TV & MOVIE STAR/PRODUCER . BIRMINGHAM

Photo caption here for this particular profile and this is a sample. Photo courtesy of the name would go here.

70 |

Alabama


Alabama

HOME SWEET HOME

IN THE ROLE OF MONICA GELLER on the TV sitcom Friends (1994-

with Jim Carrey in the big-screen hit, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

2004), she was a twenty-something chef struggling to make a name

(1994). That same year, the NBC sitcom Friends debuted, and

for herself in New York. But, long before the hit series ended pro-

Courteney Cox soon emerged as an international celebrity.

duction, the name of Courteney Cox Arquette was known in millions

“FRIENDS” FOR LIFE

of homes across the country and beyond.

Co-starring with Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc,

Her riches-to-even-greater-riches story began on June 15, 1964,

Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer, Cox played Monica Geller.

when she was born into Southern family headed by wealthy busi-

As the seasons progressed, she began exploiting her comedic tal-

nessman, Richard Cox, (1930-2001). She was named for her moth-

ent, eventually earning an American comedy Award nomination.

er, who gave birth to three other children.

“I know I’m not a method actress, but I do believe in being physi-

Brought up in Mountain Brook, Alabama, near Birmingham, the

cally and emotionally prepared for the role,” she said in an interview.

younger Courteney was the baby of the family. She turned 10 the

“If I have a scene where I’m supposed to be emotionally drawn out,

year her parents divorced, in 1974, and her father moved to Florida.

then I’ll think of the saddest thing in my life.”

In school Courteney plunged into sports, joining the swimming,

In 1996, while appearing in Scream, a teen slasher film that would

cheerleader, and tennis teams at Mountain Brook High. In her senior

spawn three sequels, she met co-star David Arquette. They would

year, she modeled in an advertisement for a local store, Parisians.

marry three years later.

Brought up in Mountain Brook, Alabama, near Birmingham, the younger Courteney was the baby of the family. MODEL CITIZEN

During the nation’s Friends frenzy, she was named “Hottest Babe”

Enrolling in Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C., she stud-

by Playboy magazine in 1995; “9th Sexiest Woman in the Word” by

ied architecture and interior design. She dropped out after one year

readers of FHM magazine in 1997 and 1998; and the 18th “Sexiest

and headed to New York when the Ford Modeling Agency signed

Woman in the World” by Stuff magazine in 2002. Forbes magazine

her to a contract.

ranked her number 41 on its Celebrity 100 list of 2003.

Soon, the face of Courteney Cox adorned the covers of such teen magazines as Tiger Beat and an assortment of romance novels. While modeling, she also studied acting, snaring roles in TV com-

CAUSES FOR CONCERN Over the years, she spoke out for an array of humanitarian causes. She and David Arquette raised money for children with a rare

mercials for the New York Telephone Company, Maybelline, and

genetic condition that affects the skin, epidermolysis bullosa. In

Noxzema.

2005, she organized an auction to collect money to pay legal fees

Bit parts on several TV series, including the soap opera, As the World Turns (1956-2010) and The Love Boat (1977-1986), followed. But she made her biggest pop-culture impression to date in 1984, when she was paid $350 for a music video with Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark. As a commercial spokeswoman for Tampax, in 1985, she was the first person on American TV who dared to utter the word “period.” Cox appeared in Misfits of Science (1985), Masters of the

and travel costs for the family of fellow Alabamian, Natalee Holloway, the teenager who disappeared while vacationing in Aruba. Three years later, she autographed bath ducks for a fund-raising auction during an annual breast cancer awareness campaign. Throughout her career, she has produced or co-produced several TV projects. For two seasons, starting in 2007, she starred in the FX network drama, Dirt, as a tabloid magazine editor. Beginning in the fall of 2009, she joined ABC Studios as executive

Universe (1987) and other films before scoring the role of Lauren

producer and star of the comedy-drama, Cougar Town, playing a

Miller – Alex Keaton’s (Michael J. Fox) girlfriend for 21 episodes on

40-year-old single mom. The role does not imitate her life: She and

the TV sitcom Family Ties (1982-1989).

David Arquette remain married; they have a five-year-old daughter,

For next few years she saw meager success, until she co-starred

Coco, born the year of Friends’ farewell. I

ALABAMA CELEBRITY | 71


Fannie Flagg COMEDIAN, ACTRESS, AUTHOR & SCREENWRITER . BIRMINGHAM

FANNIE FLAGG FELL IN LOVE WITH THE MOVIES at a young age and says she knew by age five she wanted to write and act in the movies. She wrote her first play in the 5th grade and at 19, started writing for television’s highly rated Candid Camera and made frequent appearances with the show’s host, Allen Funt. She’s had enormous success in seemingly everything she has set out to do – both acting and writing for films and television, and her novels have won numerous awards. Born in Woodlawn, Alabama, a suburb of Birmingham, on September 21, 1941, she doesn’t consider herself as being from a small town although Woodlawn had it’s own main street – complete with a

“When my dad came home from the war he had a very unusual job – he was a motion picture machine operator. So, I’d go to work with my dad and see every movie I could” drug store, theater, and cafes. Her father was in the U.S. Army’s Air Corp during World War II, so she spent her childhood living with her grandparents in a big white house on 1st Avenue South in Woodlawn. “When my dad came home from the war he had a very unusual job – he was a motion picture machine operator. So, I’d go to work with my dad and see every movie I could,” she said during a phone interview with Spirited Woman, an online e-zine which features conference calls with famous authors. “I became so enamored with the movies; I knew what I wanted to do. In the 5th grade, I wrote my first play, The Whoopee Girls, which was set in New York City and centered around several young women sharing an apartment which was located above the Copacabana.”

Photo caption here for this particular profile and this is a sample of the font and text size.

76 |

Alabama


Alabama

HOME SWEET HOME

At the age of 19 she was writing for a come-

Coming Attractions, was written about something

dy club in New York. One evening a stand up tal-

she knew well – a gregarious girl growing up in the

ent didn’t show up and she filled in as understudy. Allen Funt, host of the extremely popular Candid Camera television show was in the audience and she was soon hired on as a writer and actress for the show. She says her

South helping her father run the local movie theater. It was an expanded version of her short story and received some good reviews. Her second novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, was the one that put her on the

favorite episode was the one in which

map as one of the best Southern writ-

she literally drove through fake walls of

ers alive today. The novel was made

banks assuming she was following

into a movie, Fried Green Tomatoes –

directions for the bank’s drive-thru win-

staring Kathy Bates, Cicely Tyson,

dow.

Mary-Louise Parker, Mary Stuart

Tin the early 1970’s Flagg made

Masterson, and Jessica Tandy. The film

appearances on several television sit-

garnered Academy Award nominations

coms and made her feature film debut

for Tandy as best supporting actress

in Five Easy Pieces, in 1978 she played

and for Flagg and her co-writer, Carol

Nurse Wilkin in Grease.

Sobieski, for the screenplay.

1978 was also the year that Flagg

Flagg received an honorary doctor-

attended the Santa Barbara Writer’s

ate from Franklin Pierce College in

conference to see the writer she con-

Rindge, New Hampshire where Fried

sidered to be her idol, Eudora Welty.

Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop

Later diagnosed with both dyslexia and

Café is part of the freshmen curriculum.

ADD, Flagg submitted her short story

Today, she spends time at both

to the conference – which featured an

homes in California and Alabama. She

11-year-old girl with a learning disability

still frequents Irondale Café in

– and won first place in the competi-

Irondale, Alabama, the establishment

tion. Flagg thought by developing her plot – concerning a protago-

she considers the inspiration for the Whistle Stop Café. If you’re

nist with dyslexia – she had devised as a way to cover up her prob-

lucky enough to plan your visit to the Irondale Café at dusk, on a

lems with spelling and assumed another story was not within her.

late summer or early autumn evening, you’ll be treated to the sound

Book agents told her that editors would correct her misspellings

of cicadas and be able to partake of the best fried green tomatoes

and grammatical errors. They also let her know that the public was

of the year. Then, and only then, you’ll truly understand what it

ready to read her down home, Southern-fried humor. Her first novel,

means to love Sweet Home Alabama. I

If you’re lucky enough to plan your visit to the Irondale Café at dusk, on a late summer or early autumn evening, you’ll be treated to the sound of cicadas and be able to partake of the best fried green tomatoes of the year.

Photo caption here for this particular profile and this is a sample of the font and text size. Photo courtesy of the name would go here.

ALABAMA CELEBRITY | 77


Cp!Kbdltpo

!4 ( , % 4 %

(EWON THE(EISMAN4ROPHY GIVENTOCOLLEGE FOOTBALLSTOPPLAYER RANFORYARDSASA.ATIONAL&OOTBALL ,EAGUEROOKIEINA-ONDAY.IGHT&OOTBALLGAMEANDHITA HOMERUNINTHE-AJOR,EAGUE!LL 3TARBASEBALLCLASSIC "UT"O*ACKSONNEVERGOTTOOCAUGHTUPINHISSPORTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS(ISMOTHER &LORENCE WHOWORKEDTWOJOBS SOSHECOULDFEEDCHILDREN WOULDNTALLOWIT h3HEWASAMAIDˆMORNINGANDNIGHT vSAYS*ACKSON THE !UBURN5NIVERSITYSTARWHOGREWUPIN"ESSEMERANDWAS NAMEDBYSPORTSHISTORIAN$ICK3CHAAPTHEGREATEST ATHLETEOFTHE TH#ENTURYAFTERINTERVIEWINGCOUNTLESS OTHERPLAYERSFROMNUMEROUSSPORTSh4HEREWASNEVER AFATHERAROUND3HEISTHEPERSONWHOGUIDEDMETOBE SUCCESSFULINLIFEv h7HEN)WASAT!UBURN )DRUNFORYARDSANDTHREEORFOURTOUCHDOWNSON 3ATURDAYAFTERNOON4HATNIGHT WHENALLTHEFANSHADLEFTANDTHESTUDENTSWERE GONEHOME THEREWOULDBETHREEPEOPLEINTHEDORMITORYˆTHEDORMCOUNSELORAND HISWIFE ANDMEBACKIN2OOMWATCHING%30./UTDOORSOR"ILL$ANCEAND(ANK 0ARKERFISHINGSHOWS h!GAIN ITWASTHEENVIRONMENT)GREWUPIN)PROMISE)KNOWTHEVALUEOFADOLLARv !NDIFANYATHLETEHASTHERIGHTTOBEBITTER ITS"O*ACKSON7HILEPLAYINGFORTHE,OS !NGELES2AIDERSIN ATTHEAGEOFANDINTHEPRIMEOFHISATHLETICLIFE HESUFFERED AHIPINJURYINAPLAYOFFGAMETHATBASICALLYENDEDHISFOOTBALLANDBASEBALLCAREERS"UT *ACKSONSAYSHEHASNEVERALLOWEDHIMSELFTODWELLONWHATMIGHTHAVEBEEN h)LOOKBACKONTHEFUNTIMES)HAD vHESAYSh)MISSTHEGUYS THECAMARADERIE BUT)DONTEVENTHINKABOUTTHEGAMES REALLY)CANHONESTLYSAYTHAT"O*ACKSON WASGOODFORBASEBALLANDFOOTBALL"UT)CANALSOSAYTHATTHEYWEREGREATTO"O *ACKSON)MGRATEFULFOREVERYTHING)VEDONEINSPORTS)THASALLOWEDMETOPROVIDE FORMYFAMILYLIKEONLYAHANDFULOFPEOPLEINTHEWORLDCANv *ACKSON WHOWASBORN.OV  WASNAMEDAFTER&LORENCE*ACKSONS FAVORITEACTORˆ6INCE%DWARDS WHOPLAYED$R"EN#ASEYONTELEVISION&AMILY MEMBERSTAGGED*ACKSONWITHTHENICKNAMEhWILDBOARvBECAMEOFHISRAMBUNCTIOUS WAYSASACHILD ANDITWASEVENTUALLYSHORTENEDTO"O

 \ 02 / 5 $4 /# !, , !,! "! -!( /- %


Ó/!/!/!J!epoÖu!fwfo!uijol!bcpvu!uif!hbnft-!sfbmmz/!J!dbo!ipoftumz!tbz! uibu!Cp!Kbdltpo!xbt!hppe!gps!cbtfcbmm!boe!gppucbmm/!Cvu!J!dbo!bmtp! tbz!uibu!uifz!xfsf!hsfbu!up!Cp!Kbdltpo/!JÖn!hsbufgvm!gps!fwfszuijoh! JÖwf!epof!jo!tqpsut/!Ju!ibt!bmmpxfe!nf!up!qspwjef!gps!nz!gbnjmz!mjlf! pomz!b!iboegvm!pg!qfpqmf!jo!uif!xpsme!dbo/Ô

!

!SAKID *ACKSONDEFINITELYHADACHIPONHISSHOULDER(E HADASTUTTERINGPROBLEMTHATHEHASNEVERTOTALLYOVERCOME +IDSINELEMENTARYSCHOOLKIDDEDHIM*ACKSONRETALIATEDWITH HISFISTS 3OON HEFUNNELEDTHATANGERINTOSPORTS/UTOF-C!DORY (IGH3CHOOL *ACKSONWASSELECTEDBYTHE.EW9ORK 9ANKEESINTHESECONDROUNDOFTHEAMATEURBASEBALL DRAFT)NSTEAD HEACCEPTEDAFOOTBALLSCHOLARSHIPTOPLAYAT !UBURNUNDERCOACH0AT$YE)NFOURSEASONS THE FOOT   POUND*ACKSONRANFOR YARDSANDAVERAGEDAN ASTOUNDINGYARDSPERCARRY(IS.OWASRETIREDINA CEREMONY *ACKSONWASTHE.OPICKINTHE.&,DRAFTBUTCHOSE TOPLAYBASEBALL SIGNINGACONTRACTWITHTHE+ANSAS#ITY2OYALS )TTOOKHIMONLYONESEASONTOREACHTHE-AJOR,EAGUES)N GAMES *ACKSONBATTEDWITHHOMERUNSAND2")S !NDMOSTOFTHATTIME HEWASJUGGLINGTWOSPORTS 4HE,OS!NGELES2AIDERSELECTEDHIMINTHESEVENTHROUND OFTHE.&,DRAFT ANDTEAMOWNER!L$AVISAGREED TOSTRUCTURE*ACKSONSCONTRACTSOHECOULDJOINTHETEAM FOLLOWINGTHEBASEBALLSEASON!SAPART TIMEPLAYERINFOUR.&, SEASONS *ACKSONRUSHEDFOR YARDSANDTOUCHDOWNS !FTERHIPREPLACEMENT *ACKSONACTUALLYRETURNEDTOPLAY -AJOR,EAGUEBASEBALLWITHTHE#HICAGO7HITE3OXINˆ HITTINGAHOMERUNAGAINSTTHE.EW9ORK9ANKEESINHISFIRST AT BAT"UTITWASOBVIOUSTHEHIPWOULDNEVERALLOW*ACKSONTO BETHEPLAYERHEONCEWAS(ERETIREDTHENEXTSEASON *ACKSON WHOHASDABBLEDINACTING ISCO OWNERAND#%/ OF"O*ACKSON%LITE3PORTS#OMPLEX ATRAININGFACILITYFOR YOUNGATHLETESTHATISSCHEDULEDTOOPENININ,OCKPORT )LL*ACKSONSPENDSMOSTOFHISFREETIMEWITHWIFE ,INDA AND THEIRTHREECHILDREN(EALSOLOVESTOHUNTANDFISH (ELEAVESTHEhWHATIFSvFOROTHERS h!SLONGASYOUKNOWWHEREYOUCOMEFROM v*ACKSONSAYS hTHATSALLTHATREALLYMATTERSv ! !

 

4HISISTHESTYLEFORPHOTOCREDITSANDCAPTIONS

! , ! " ! -! #%,%" 2 )4 9 \ 


G

Greater Tuscaloosa Convention & Visitors Bureau Not so long ago, the mention of Tuscaloosa brought on hours of conversation about one thing – the University of Alabama’s great sports tradition that has captivated the world for generations. But as Crimson Tide legends have evolved through the years, so has news of the area’s diverse list of growing attractions and opportunities. I Since its founding in 1990, the Greater Tuscaloosa Convention & Visitors Bureau has been getting the word out about the many features that make their favorite town a premier tourist destination in the South. Today, Tuscaloosa, which has appeared in Money magazine’s annual list of the country’s best places to live, is a nexus of educational, cultural, and recreational attractions that draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. “We are certainly proud of being associated with all of the University of Alabama sports programs,” says Robert Ratliff, executive director of the Greater Tuscaloosa CVB. “But we also have some of the country’s best parks and museums, and we’re just an hour away from an international airport. People here feel a real sense of community, and that’s something that makes Tuscaloosa special.” SUPPORTING GROWTH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Located along the banks of the Black Warrior River in west central Alabama, the Tuscaloosa Metro area is home to more than

274 |

Alabama

179,000 residents as well as a thriving business community. A key component to Tuscaloosa’s success in recent years is the productive and supportive working relationship the Greater Tuscaloosa CVB shares with city leaders. The bureau works to help create a favorable community environment through advocacy, addressing issues critical to economic prosperity and providing information and services that enhance tourism in the region. “Our team contributes to the area’s economic growth just like the local chamber of commerce and organizations responsible for recruiting industry,” says Ratliff. “We are a part of the whole mix of economic development and are fortunate to have a great working relationship with the city.” The impetus behind much of the organization’s support is a unique team of experienced professionals and a solid marketing strategy that targets groups and families who may be interested in the many different tours and activities available in Tuscaloosa. The Greater Tuscaloosa CVB helps plan half-day


Alabama tours or full-day excursions and is experienced in customizing family or group tours upon request. Event planners handle all steps in the process, including soliciting lodging and venue proposals, scheduling entertainment opportunities, establishing itineraries, and arranging visits to local attractions. An added bonus is a remarkable range of hotel options all within reach of most everything visitors will want to do. The Tuscaloosa CVB provides special-event attendees with visitors guides and maps, which include a complete list of area attractions, restaurants, entertainment venues, and general information about the area. Making it even easier to obtain information about the city is the bureau’s own radio station. Listeners can set their radio dials to Welcome 103.3 LPFM – the only one of its kind in the state – to hear about community events, Tuscaloosa history briefs, and road and weather conditions.

HOME SWEET HOME

“Tuscaloosa is a very accommodating city with the seeds for growth in place,” says Ratliff. “Whether you’re planning a trip for business or fun, traveling with the kids, or looking for a romantic getaway, provides special-event attendees with visitors guides and maps, which include a complete list of area attractions, restaurants, entertainment venues, and general information about the area. you’ll find it here where our rich mix of cultures, ideas, and accomplishments make up a city that is unlike any other in America. Come check us out.” I

Year-round events and attractions make Tuscaloosa a popular

ATTRACTIONS FOR EVERY AGE AND INTEREST In addition to University of Alabama athletics, Tuscaloosa visitors can choose from a variety of recreational attractions and entertainment options. Points of interest include a historic theater, 33 public parks and multiple galleries, museums, and antebellum homes. Fans of water sports relish Tuscaloosa’s beautiful lakes and rivers while golfers tee it up on the area’s many gorgeous golf links. More than 500 works of American art spanning from 1775 to the present are located at the Westervelt Warner Museum of American Art. The museum includes a top collection of American paintings, sculptures, furniture, and decorative arts from the late 18th to the early 20th century. Murphy African-American Museum is a must-see for black heritage scholars and amateurs alike. African-American contractors built the two-story bungalow in the late 1920s with brick and hand-hewn sills salvaged from the old State Capital building in Tuscaloosa. Paul W. Bryant Museum on the University of Alabama campus takes visitors through 100 years of Crimson Tide history and features photographs, artworks, sports memorabilia, and touch-screen computer displays. Also on the university campus, the Alabama Museum of Natural History highlights the natural diversity of Alabama through exhibits from the Age of Dinosaurs, the Coal Age, and the Ice Age. The museum resides in historic Smith Hall, one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the region. Located in downtown Tuscaloosa, the Children’s Hands-On Museum is a dynamic learning experience that stimulates curiosity, creativity, and shared discovery in all ages.

getaway for visitors of all ages.

Troy University’s enrollment includes more than 700 students from 55 foreign nations.

Tuscaloosa provides visitors a variety of restaurants to choose from, featuring some of the tastiest cuisine anywhere.

A PROMISING FUTURE While history plays an important role in Tuscaloosa’s tourism industry, so does its future. City leaders are in the process of developing the riverfront. Meanwhile, the Downtown Tuscaloosa Urban Renewal and Redevelopment Project is revitalizing the heart of the city with improved infrastructure, expanded parking, an amphitheatre, a market, and several other attractions.

NORTHERN | 275


h9OOUKNOW

)DIDNTHAVE A ANYIDEA h9O OUKNOW

)DIDNTHAVE EANYIDEA AN ALLTHEPEOPLEnFAMOUS S STATESMEN ALLTHEPEOPLEnFAMOUS S OM-ISSI VISIONARIESnTHATWEREFRO STATESMEN IN

VISIONARIESnTHATWEREFRO /NCE)REALIZEDHOWMUC OM-ISSI CHWASIN NI /NCE)REALIZEDHOWMUC CHWASIN NE BOOK )DELVEINTOITTOLE EARNMORE

BOOK )DELVEINTOITTOLE MYSTATEANDHERPEOPLE EARNMORE 4HISBO E MYSTATEANDHERPEOPLE 4HISBO O INTENSELYINTERESTINGv INTENSELYINTERESTINGv

*ANET+-ARTIN -I I I I$ -ISSISSIPPI$EVELO TIN LOPMENT T *ANET+-AR !UTHORITY -I -ISSISSIPPI$EVELO I I I$ LOPMENT T 4O OURISM$IVISION !UTHORITY 4OURISM$IVISION O

BYBOTHTH HE3TATE3ENATEANDTHE(OUSEOF2E EPRESENTATIVESINHONOROF0ROUDTO O#ALL-ISSISSIPPI(OME

BYBOTHTH HE3TATE3ENATEANDTHE(OUSEOF2E EPRESENTATIVESINHONOROF0ROUDTO O#ALL-ISSISSIPPI(OME


**

MAGE0UB MA BLISHINGSPECIALIZESINTELLING STORIESABOUTMAGNIl CENTPLAC CESANDTHEPEOPLE MA MAGE0UB BLISHINGSPECIALIZESINTELLING STORIESABOUTMAGNIl CENTPLAC CESANDTHEPEOPLE WHOLIVETHER RE4HESEHARDBOUNDCOFFEETA BLEBOOKSCAPTURETHEESSENCE EOFTIMEANDPLACE WINNINGPHOTOGRAPHYANDINSP RE4HESEHARDBOUNDCOFFEETAB BLEBOOKSCAPTURETHEESSENCE EOFTIMEANDPLACE WITHAWARD W WHOLIVETHER PIRINGSTORIES WITHAWARD W WINNINGPHOTOGRAPHYANDINSP PIRINGSTORIES %ACHBOOKIS SUNIQUEANDCAPTURESTHELOCA ALm AVOROFEACHAREA&ROMTHE E-ISSISSIPPI %ACHBOOKIS SUNIQUEANDCAPTURESTHELOCA AVOROFEACHAREA&ROMTHE RY AWE AND E-ISSISSIPPI $ELTA TOTHE SLATESTEPSOFTHE3TATE#APITO OL THEJOURNEYISFULLOFMYSTER ALm $ELTA TOTHE OL THEJOURNEYISFULLOFMYSTER RY AWE AND DISCOVER Y SLATESTEPSOFTHE3TATE#APITO DISCOVERY )MAGE0UBLIS SHINGBOOKSAREAVAIL ABLETHROUGH )MAGE0UBLIS HNATIONALDISTRIBUTORS SHINGBOOKSAREAVAIL LIKE"ARNES ABLETHROUGH .OBLE "ORDERS AND HNATIONALDISTRIBUTORS !MAZONCOM .OBLE "ORDERS AND LIKE"ARNES M4HEYAREUSEDAS REFERENCEBO OKSINLIBRARIESAND M4HEYAREUSEDAS !MAZONCOM ASECONOMIC REFERENCEBO CDEVELOPMENTTOOLS OKSINLIBRARIESAND BYTHE#HAM ASECONOMIC MBEROF#OMMERCE! CDEVELOPMENTTOOLS TREASUREDPA EASUBYTHE#HAM EDPA RTOFHOMEANDOFlCE MBEROF#OMMERCE! COLLECTIONS )MAGE0UBLISHING TREASUREDPA EASU EDPA ARTOFHOMEANDOFlCE BOOKSAREAS SOURCEOFPRIDETHAT COLLECTIONS )MAGE0UBLISHING STANDTHETES STOFTIME BOOKSAREAS SOURCEOFPRIDETHAT STANDTHETES STOFTIME  

 







 

  



 





 





  





)NTRODUCINGOURLATESTPROJECT TFEATURING WORLDFAMOUS!LABAMIA ANS )NTRODUCINGOURLATESTPROJECT TFEATURING

WORLDFAMOUS!LABAMIA ANS

!WARD WINNINGWRITERS P PHOTOGRAPHERS ANDDESIGNERS OOF)MAGE0UBLIS SHINGHAVEOVER WRITERS ! WARD WINNING YEARSOFCO PHOTOGRAPHERS P MBINEDANDDESIGNERS PPUBLISHINGEXPE ERIENCE O OF)MAGE0UBLIS SHINGHAVEOVER

YEARSOFCO OMBINED P PUBLISHINGEXPE ERIENCE


Image Publishing Inc Book Sample  

Profiles and other editorial that goes in "Home Sweet Home"

Advertisement
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you