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THIS WEEK IN BLACK HISTORY The state of Georgia honored and issued a formal apology to musician and composer Ray Charles on March 7, 1979. In 1961 Charles refused to perform at a concert that was segregated and was fined $757 by an Atlanta court Later, his version of the song “Georgia on My Mind” was made the official state song of Georgia.



Table of Contents Page 2 - The March Continues: Scenes from the 53rd annual Bridge Crossing and Voting Rights March | Eichold-Mertz only ‘A’ rated school in Mobile County (continued) Page 3 - Photo journal: Efforts to find the Clotilda will continue

‘THE SHIP IS OUT THERE’ Photos courtesy of the Alabama Historical Commission Above: Kamau Sadiki, of the Smithsonian Institution Slave Wrecks Project, sketches exposed shipwreck remains during a survey last week. Left: State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures discusses the project with James P. Delgado of SEARCH, Inc.

Page 4 - Hit or miss, the broader search for the Clotilda is historic | A look back at history | HIDDEN TREASURES: A quick change Page 5 - Black (immigrant) lives matter, by Marc Morial | | SOCIAL SECURITY: Connecting with Social Security | IN MEMORIAM: Bob Brazier

“We don’t believe that this is the Clotilda, because according to archival records the Clotilda would

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be about 86 feet long while this wreck seems to be about 185 feet. It’s considerably bigger and almost

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twice as large.”

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- David Morgan, director of the

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Southeast Archaeological Center

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COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT: Principal Michelle Dubose Adams, Eichold-Mertz Magnet School By Dr. Joseph Mitchell Beacon Columnist Eichold-Mertz Magnet School is the only school in the Mobile County Public School System to have earned an “A” rank from the Alabama Department of Education. The reader may already know this fact. This writer takes the liberty of informing readers that the Principal of this school is a caring, service-driven Black female. What follows is about this talented lady derived from this writer’s email interview with the Principal. Principal Michelle Dubose-Adams was born in Nashville, Tennessee to Alphonse AND Josie Dubose. She moved to Grand Bay in June 1979, from Versailles, Kentucky, just outside of Lexington. Principal Dubose-Adams attended Xavier University Of New Orleans, and acDubose-Adams quired the Grade School Masters Of Arts In Teaching from Spring Hill College and Educational Administration Certificate from the University of South Alabama. Her teaching and administrative experiences include five years as a fifth grade teacher at Holloway Elementary; one year as an assistant principal at George Hall Elementary; 11 years as principal at Woodcock Elementary and nine years at Eichold-Mertz Magnet, the former Chickasaw Magnet. She has done volunteer work but explained that motherhood now encompasses her free time. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

By Arthur Mack Disappointment, but hope was the order of the day as a research crew concluded that the remains of a ship that was discovered in January was not that of the Clotilda, which brought Africans from the country of Dahomey in west Africa to what is not Africatown. Lorna Gail Woods, 69, a direct descendant of kidnapped Africans who were brought to Mobile and eventually settled in Africatown, felt a bit of disappointment as well as hope after the announcement was made on Monday that the wreckage was not that of the Clotilda, the ship that was used in 1860 to smuggle kidnapped Africans from Dahomey. “With me, this is a good thing and a bad thing, because we got our hopes up so high,” she said. “We felt like this was the moment that we would get the real truth, and maybe some artifacts or whatever would be left on the boat would identify my family being on that slave ship.” The Alabama Historical Commission (AHC), along with the National Park Service, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), and SEARCH, Inc., completed the investigation and announced its findings during Monday’s press conference at the Robert L. Hope Community Center. The announcement came after an earlier press conference held on March 2 that was sponsored by the Mobile County Training School Alumni Association and Africatown C.H.E.S.S. (Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe, & Sustainable) to announce that historic preservationists from the National Park Service, the African-American History Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Alabama Historical Commission had arrived in Mobile to investigate whether the wreckage found in January was in fact the slave ship. A team composed of experts from SEARCH Inc., the National Park Service, Slave Wrecks Project (SWP), and the University of West Florida, at the request of the Alabama Historical Commission, examined and documented the Twelvemile Island wreck site on March 1 and 2. According to David Morgan, the director of the Southeast Archaeological Center of the National Park Service, there will still be efforts to locate the ship. “The search is just as important as the finding,”

he said. “This is an opportunity to bring back into memory a very difficult part of our collective past. The story is not about just Africatown, it’s about a collective history that we all share, and it even ripples into today. Having the opportunity to come in and to talk with other people who have an interest in this, that’s really the important part about it.” “It’s a little bit of a disappointment,” said Anderson Flen, the president of the Mobile County Training School Alumni Association. “We would have liked to find the Clotilda this time, but however, there are so many opportunities that have come about, because first of all, it was bringing people together and it brought the community closer together; and bringing in organizations and showing what they do and bringing in new organizations and giving people an opportunity to see what they do. So I’m excited about this, because this is a great opportunity that we can’t afford to miss.” Monday’s announcement was based on several findings, according to Morgan. “We don’t believe that this is the Clotilda, because according to archival records the Clotilda would be about 86 feet long while this wreck seems to be about 185 feet,” he said. “It’s considerably bigger and almost twice as large.” In addition, the interior depth from the discovered wreckage appeared to be over 10 feet, while the interior depth inside the Clotilda was almost seven feet. The Clotilda was made of oak and soft pine, while the discovered wreckage appeared to made with only pine. The wreckage that was investigated had three masts, while the Clotilda had only two; and the frames and planks were larger than what would have been found on the Clotilda. Morgan said that nine wood samples were taken from the ship and would be sent off for further analysis. He said that it would take several months for results to come back from the analysis. He also said that there was no evidence of the wreckage being burned, as was in the case with the Clotilda. There were several other shipwrecks discovered in the channel near Twelvemile Island, and Woods said that despite the disappointing news about the wreckage not being that of the Clotilda, it simply


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THE MARCH CONTINUES Scenes from the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights March and Bloody Sunday held in Selma on March 3. People from throughout the country, as well as some from Mobile, participated in the march. Photos by Jerome McNeil/Mobile Beacon Photographer

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This dynamic educational leader and learning facilitator expressed a love of paper crafts, card making, and scrap booking. She stated that her last vacation was to St. Simon Island, Georgia for a girl’s weekend and for vacation travel: “ANYWHERE SUNNY AND FUN!” Family: Spouse: JOHN W. ADAMS, JR.; AND ONE, BUSY SIX YEAR OLD NAMED TRISTAN WHO, she states “has truly changed my life!”; one consanguineous brother; and A HOST OF SORORS WHO, she expresses, “… ARE TRULY MY SISTERS” (She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.) Church: Prince Of Peace Catholic Church here in Mobile. Of her faculty and school staff, she says they are “THE FINEST GROUP OF PEOPLE YOU WILL EVER MEET!” She explained about the award that it is “NOT SO MUCH OF AN AWARD AS A STATE GRADE OR RANKING”. The Mobile Beacon confirmed this through inquiry of the Alabama Department of Education on March 2, 2018. The “A” RANK represents the level of achievement on an academically-driven continuum for ALL students at the school. The ranking confirms that Eichold-Mertz Magnet School of Math, Science & Technology produces students who achieve at the highest of academic levels. Look online at and search for Eichol-Mertz Magnet School of Math, Science & Technology. It’s on the Report Card of Alabama Public Schools. Information on rankings of all schools in Mobile County is available at Note is made that EicholdMertz Magnet School of Math, Science & Technology is the ONE & ONLY school of ANY grade-level Mobile County to receive the rank of “A”! She UNDENIABLY continues to be a success. When asked as to WHAT she attributed her success, she responded: “DRIVE AND THE UNDERSTANDING THAT I/WE DO NOT WORK IN AN RCA TV FACTORY [and] IN ESSENCE, [where] IF THERE IS A FAULTY PART, YOU JUST SEND IT BACK DOWN THE ASSEMBLY LINE FOR REPAIR; […There is…] THE UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU ARE WORKING WITH A CHILD’S LIFE AND YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT.…” She

The Alabama State Department of Education rated each school in the Mobile County School System. Eichold-Mertz was the only to obtain an “A” rating.

stated that theirs is the belief that “WE ARE GAME CHANGERS”. When asked where she placed praise and reverence for the success of her efforts, her ENTHUSIASTIC RESPONSE was “THE FATHER GOD ALMIGHTY!” This press tagged her as a MODEL and inquired as to wherein lay HER models: “GERTRUDE BAKER FOR DEMANDING THAT I KNOW MY CRAFT(CURRICULUM), HARRY MOORE OF GEORGE HALL FOR TEACHING ME TO LEAD WITH COMPASSION AND MY PARENTS FOR GIVING ME THE POWERFUL GIFT OF TENACITY.” When queried about the “meaning” of the ranking of “A” and what it represents she responded “TO BE NAMED ONE OF THE BEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF ALABAMA IS A TESTAMENT THAT ALL CHILDREN CAN LEARN. WE SERVE ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE POPULATIONS, REPRESENTING A VARIETY OF SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS WITH ALL CHILDREN PERFORMING AT OR ABOVE GRADE LEVEL IN READING, MATH AND SCIENCE. She lastly exclaimed “WOW!” The Mobile Beacon and the Mobile Community share in that exclamation: “WOW!”

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Effort to find Clotilda will continue CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 gave Africatown residents more of a reason to tell their stories. “It’s going to give them more of purpose, because they’re going to be able to tell more of these stories that they were afraid to tell,” she said. “They see people who want to really know what happened and now maybe they’ll open up and tell some of the history and bring out some of the books that their families wrote their names in, and make sure they pass this history down. So this is a historymaking heritage that needs to be made known throughout the Mobile area. “I feel that like there’s still hope because I lived a long time and been passing this history down from my children to my grandkids. They ought to be able to know that their grandmother worked toward finding a solution about the real truth about the Clotilda.” “We know that the story continues,” said Lisa Jones, the executive director of the Alabama Historical Commission. “Just because this was not the Clotilda does not mean that it’s not out there. We’re going to go back to Montgomery and do some strategizing on what the next step is. Whether we find the ship or not, that’s not the story—the story is

Africatown and its people, how they came here and their struggles.” “We know that the ship is out there,” said State Senator Vivian Figures (D-Mobile), who along with State Senator Phil Williams (R-Gadsden) will introduce a joint resolution this week, stating support for finding the Clotilda as well as preserving Africatown. “We know the ship is out there,” she said. “I know we will find the money, I have no doubt. The money is there for us to continue this search. We are not finished yet—we have just begun. With this not being the ship, what this has done is truly brought all of us together, and it has given us the hope, enthusiasm and the excitement we’re going to need to go forward.” Jones said that plans were underway to do further study of the wreckages: “We need a Phase I survey to show what is in the middle of the channel,” she said. “We concentrated on the shoreline, and so that would be our next step. It was almost like a ship graveyard. Everywhere you went, there was another ship.” A community meeting will be held on Wednesday at the Robert Hope Community Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to discuss the findings.

Photos courtesy of the Alabama Historical Commission | Efforts to identify the shipwreck suspected to be the Clotilda were a joint effort of the Alabama Historical Commission, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution Slave Wreck Project, and SEARCH, Inc. The crew of about 20 professionals explored the site over two days last week and concluded the wreck is of a much larger vessel built in the late 1800s.

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Hit or miss, the broader search for the Clotilda is historic By ARTHUR L. MACK For the Beacon As reported on Page 1, historic preservationists determined last week that wreckage discovered in the Mobile River Delta is not that of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to have brought kidnapped Africans as human cargo to the United States in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. On Wednesday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a community meeting at the Robert L. Hope Community Center, located at 850 Edwards Street in Plateau, to discuss the findings. At a March 2 press conference held at the Robert L. Hope Community Center and sponsored by the Mobile County Training School Alumni Association and Africatown C.H.E.S.S. (Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe, & Sustainable, it was announced that historic preservationists from the National Park Service, the African-American History Museum in Washington, D.C., the National Park Service and the Alabama Historical Commission had arrived in Mobile to investigate whether the wreckage found in January is in fact the slave ship. “I’m excited,” said Joe Womack, C.H.E.S.S. Executive Director, who grew up in the area. “The main thing is to get the word out about what it means to the community, the city, and the world. It’s a hidden secret that should have been put out a long time ago.” Womack also added at the time that if the wreckage was actually that of the Clotilda, it would eventually have a huge impact on the area. “The community could be the showcase of the state,” he said. “It would be a matter of keeping the school (Mobile County Training School) and the community up.” Records indicated that William Foster, the Clotilda’s captain, burned and sunk the ship in the waters of the Mobile River delta to hide it from authorities because bringing Africans to the U.S. was illegal under the 1807 Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves. The kidnapped Africans were brought to

Mobile and settled in the northern part of the city, which is now known as Africatown. MCTS Alumni Association president Anderson

Photo by Arthur L. Mack Anderson Flen, the President of the Mobile County Training School Alumni Association, speaks about the search for the Clotilda last week. Flen said he hoped the findings would confirm the wreckage was that of the Clotilda. “The Africatown story is a remarkable story about a people and a community that never gives up,” he said. “We know that community has suffered a great deal, but we also know there are people in this room and in this city, in this state, and in this country, that want to help, and are willing to do so. We hope that what is out there is the Clotilda, but whether it is or not, we know that it is out there somewhere. “This will be part of the healing process that must take place. Whether it is the Clotilda or not, it will be part of that healing process.” For State Senator Vivian Figures (D-Mobile), the

A look back at history By Tommy Green, Mobile Beacon Community Affairs Editor I grew up in Marion, Arkansas during segregation. I was introduced to Black History in 1967 while I was in the U.S. Navy stationed in Washington, DC. In 1969, I transferred to San Diego, CA. There were some heated disagreements between me and my friends. My children grew up in the 1970s when “Black is Beautiful” was being used in songs and speeches, which assisted in removing some of the hatred that had been instilled in us. This was a beautiful time to be African-American. I really felt good about my physical attributes, including hair, brown eyes, my color, and the shape of my nose. I think that was the only thing that kept me from following my friend’s direction of rejecting Black history. I was transferred to a ship, and a friend taught me a more indepth study of Black history. His name was Pichon, and he was from New Orleans. I can’t recall his last name. After studying Black history, I felt different about Black people and white people. Before studying Black history, I believed that white people were superior to us. When segregation was ruled illegal, there was a tendency by a large number of African-Americans to reject looking back at what had transpired. They wanted to forget the past and move on into an integrated America, but you can’t move into full equality in America without delving into the past. It will be painful, but we can look at our children today and see that a large number of them have the same values as white people. This is a dangerous dilemma for Black people because you are too closely aligned with them to develop defense that will allow you see with a “third eye” as I can see today. I can

easily distinguish racist attitudes. I can remember some of the conversations that I had with friends. They said, “We are all Americans now, so there is no need to study Black history.” I never understood why they were not inquisitive about their past. If you don’t know your past, you don’t have a starting point, and any route will get you to a destination. In addition, how do you avoid the pitfalls of history being repeated without knowing what happened in the past? If they had read history, they would have known that every time that we have made progress, since we arrived on these shores, there have been forces working day and night to keep us from progressing as other ethnicities have done. Africans came to these shores in 1619. We were made slaves for life in 1641. After the Civil War ended in 1865, the 13th Amendment was passed, which freed the Africans. (However, there was an EXCEPT in the 13 Section 1. It says, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime).” I haven’t able to find another EXCEPT in the amendments until the issue dealt with Black people. The 14th Amendment was passed, and Africans became citizens. The 15th Amendment was passed, giving Blacks the right to vote. By 1910, those rights were not enforced, so we became slaves again in the 1900s. In 1964, the Civil Rights Bill was passed, and in 1965, the Voting Rights Act gave Black people the right to vote. However, the Voting Rights Act was passed with a 10-year limit, so we have to try and get it passed again. Therefore, we have to stay “WOKE.” We must study our history and pass it on to our children, so they will be fully aware of what may confront them. THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!

investigation is significant for the area. She told the audience that her late husband, State Senator Michael Figures, along with the late Mayor of Prichard, John Smith, were involved in trying to make Africatown a tourist attraction many years ago. She said that she believed that the wreckage is indeed that of the Clotilde, and that she would fight any efforts to remove it from the state. “It will not leave Alabama if I have anything to do with it,” she said. “I will do everything in my power to make sure that it will not happen. This is where it came and this is where it made history.” Liz Smith-Incer, Mississippi Field Office Director for the Rivers, Trails & Conversation Assistance Program of the National Park Service, stressed that the focus of the March 2 meeting was on investigation as to if the wreckage might be the Clotilda and encouraged those in attendance to be at Wednesday’s meeting to hear the findings. “We have a team of researchers from another arm of the National Park Service called the Submerged Research Center,” she said. “They are professional marine archaeologists that identify archaeological finds and are out in the field right now. But I want you to know that we are being supportive in continuing to assist all of the community of Africatown.” For residents of Africatown, as well as past descendants of the kidnapped slaves brought to the area, positive identification of the wreckage would bring about a turnaround in the community. Harvey Dinkins, who grew up across from Yorktown Baptist Church in Plateau—which is in Africatown—said that the area was known for producing great leaders, and echoed Womack’s hopes of an economic turnaround if the wreckage is indeed that of the slave ship. “I hope it has a positive effect economically,” he said. “Hopefully, it’ll be an impetus to bring the community back.”

HIDDEN TREASURES A QUICK CHANGE reroute, but I was further delayed. It was early on a nice day. I had a set time to be at my first stop in order The party traveling with me shifted from their earlier frustration of havto make it to my second stop at the proper time. I prepared to be there on ing to wait longer than intended, to an time. However, on the way to the ap- attitude of gratitude that we had made it through the congestion safely. pointment, I was delayed due to a As I made it to free flowtraffic accident on Iing traffic, I began to think 10. After I arrived at of how quickly the accimy stop, the joining dents had occurred. Within party was somewhat a twenty-minute window, troubled that it had four families’ plans had taken me so long. drastically changed. I Naturally, I explained thought of how quickly that my delay was bethings had gone from bad yond my control. The to worse. It was bad that accident had traffic they had to wait in the long backed up for miles. lines of traffic, but it was In fact, I never did see April C. Thornton much worse that their lives the accident. I only Special to The Beacon were suddenly in jeopardy saw the result of what and their vehicles damhad to have been an aged. Not to mention that their plans accident further ahead on I-10. As my party and I made our way to of an alternate route, because they were barely moving along, resulted in our final destination, we passed not them not moving at all. I was reone or two new accidents, but four. minded that even when things look Each of the new accidents we apbad, we must count our blessings. We proached had greater wreckage then have to be cautious not to complain the last. Again, I still had not seen about bad, because it could quickly the initial source of the traffic jam change for the worse. that caused many to switch lanes and

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Black (immigrant) lives matter

Connecting with Social Security mented immigrants in the hands of We are long overdue for a discussion about immigration as it relates to the Supreme Court. A decision to allow the Trump adBlack immigrants, particularly at this ministration to end the DACA promoment as the current presidential gram—which currently shields those administration clamors to end legal young men and women from deportaprotections for Deferred Action for tion—would have resulted in Childhood Arrivals the near immediate loss of (DACA) recipients, and that protection. congressional leaders The added travesty for lurch from one proBlack immigrants is that posed bipartisan soluover-policing in their comtion to another in search munities and increased enof a permanent legislagagement with the criminal tive fix. justice system would have To be sure, to live in increased their risk of deporthis country as an untation. documented person is Marc Morial But in a widely expected President & CEO to live a life overshadNational Urban setback, the Supreme Court owed by fear, but comLeague rejected the administration's bine that fear with the request to hear the case. harsh realities of race in While the court's decision offers a our nation and you have a volatile timely lifeline to DACA recipients, mix. who faced the imminent expiration of The numbers are troubling—and the program's legal protections, the telling. Black immigrants make up a small percentage of DACA recipients. reprieve is temporary. The disturbing language said to They are an estimated 12,000 of 700,000 recipients, and comprise less come from the White House claiming than 10% of all our nation's entire im- that Nigerians live in huts, that all Haitians have AIDS, or that Africans migrant population, but at 21%, they are predictably overrepresented in de- should return to their slur-worthy countries, would evidence a disdain portation proceedings as a result of for immigrants who come from macriminal convictions, and according to the deputy director of the Black Al- jority Black countries. Various proposed congressional resolutions have liance for Just Immigration, the same highlighted the urgency of amplifying yawning disparity holds true for dethe experiences of Black immigrants. tention rates. There are bipartisan proposals on the BAJI’s State of Black Immigrants table that offer a permanent fix for report estimates that "one out of every five noncitizens facing deporta- DACA recipients and DREAMers (undocumented immigrants who are tion on criminal grounds before the Executive Office for Immigration Re- eligible, but have not applied for DACA), in exchange for ending esview is Black." tablished channels to legal immigraWhile undocumented Black immition such as Temporary Protected grants share a universal story of miStatus (TPS), protections for immigration, struggle, and survival, they grants who come from countries exmust also contend with the heightened risk of social vulnerability com- periencing environmental or social upheaval, the visa diversity lottery monly tied to race in our nation. program, and family-based immigraAs we enter the proverbial ring to fight for the civil and human rights of tion programs—some of the very programs that created and create legal those brought to this country as children, recognize no other home, and as pathways for Black immigration. We are stronger together. The imPresident Obama once noted, are migrants' rights movement needs to "Americans in their heart, in their be inclusive and incorporate the realiminds, in every single way but one: ties of its diverse constituencies. Now on paper," we must ensure that solutions that benefit one immigrant com- is the time for rights groups, advomunity do not derail the opportunities cates, and allies to begin to specifically look at and address the of another. Therefore, the stories and voices of complicated needs and reality of Black undocumented immigrants Black immigrants must remain topwhose stories and voices are rarely of-mind and relevant throughout this heard above prevailing media narradebate. tives. It is time to affirm that their The Trump administration recently left the fate of these 700,000 undocu- lives matter, too.

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Robert John Brazier IV, “Bob Brazier� as he was known throughout the City, was a man not only of words, but also of action. A lifelong resident of Mobile, he transitioned to eternal rest on February 27, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert F. Brazier III and Maude E. Brazier; brother, Lebaron Brazier, and sister Judith Brazier Heningburg. He was a devout member of his beloved Prince of Peace Catholic Church where he served as an usher in past years. “Bob Brazier� was a statesman, a leader, a great communicator, a man for the people, a truly hard worker and always a gentleman. As a statesman he shared wisdom, skill and great vision in his roles as the Assistant Manager at the Mobile Civic Center and the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. He played a major role in the planning, construction and 1993 grand opening of the Convention Center. Bob was named General Manager of the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in 2000. He en-

sured that operation of the Convention Center resulted in a positive economic impact on the City of Mobile. Under his leadership, the Convention Center facility received numerous awards including the “Architectural Engineering Grand Award’ a “Top 25 most Active Convention Center in North America Award�, the “Meeting Planners Choice Award� six years in a row, and the Prime Site Award five consecutive years. In 2014, Bob’s responsibilities as Convention Center General Manager expanded to include management of the Mobile Civic Center and the Mobile Saenger Theatre. He retired December 2016. Bob was educated at Tennessee State University and the University of South Alabama. A great communicator, Bob was a pioneer in Mobile’s television industry. In fact he was the first Black news reporter in the Mobile metropolitan area. Bob reported the news with WKRG TV 5 from 1969 – 1980. He also produced and moderated a weekly half hour public service program called “Operation Understanding�. The program was devoted to community issues and guests included various political, civic and social leaders. Bob discussed community problems with organizations in the City to determine how the media could best serve the community. He was always willing to take a risk, dig deep for the truth, and convey it fairly for the benefit of the City. Later he also produced and moderated a television talk show at WALA TV called “Plain Talk�. Through this platform he sought to understand and uncover the problems, issues and concerns citywide and empower people of all socio-economic levels to have a voice in seeking solutions. In this endeavor he was not afraid to ruffle a few feathers; however he always remained a gentleman and had a consummate love for the people. Among his many affiliations and accomplishments were: America’s Junior Miss Board, Ronald McDonald House Board, Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation Board, founding member and Executive Board member of 100 Black Men of Greater Mobile, City of Mobile Downtown Redevelopment Board, Mobile Jazz Festival Board, Joe Jefferson Playhouse Board, Mobile Area

Chamber of Commerce Cruise Task Force Committee, and the Senior Bowl Committee. Bob never sought recognition or rewards yet he received many to include the National Association of Black Journalism Award, Associated Press Television Award for Outstanding Broadcast Journalism, and Man of the Year Award – Non Partisan Voter League. One his most recent crowning achievements was as a recipient of the acclaimed Trumpet Award. Bob had many accomplishments, but the greatest of these was a joyful marriage of 57 years to his loving wife, soul mate and best friend, Janice H. Brazier and his beautiful children and grandchildren. Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Janice H. Brazier; children, Terrilyn B. (Dave) Sweeney of Omaha, Nebraska; Robin (Paul) Bryant of Atlanta, Georgia; Kristi (Torrence) Stepteau of Colleyville, Texas; grandchildren, Jordyn Lewis (father, Rudy Lewis), Brazier Bryant, Brocke Stepteau, Paul Bryant II, and Madison Bryant. He is also survived by brother, Jesse Brazier; sister-in-law, Patricia H. (Frank) Thomas; brother-in-law Gregory L. (Jackie) Harris; five nieces, six nephews, and a number of great nieces and nephews. Robert J. Brazier IV was first and foremost a faithful believer of God. He was a loving, attentive and dedicated husband, father, son and grandfather. He truly loved his family, his church, his city, and last but not least, his beloved Washington Redskins. He was admired and respected by his employer, employees and the community. Bob pursued his ambitions untiringly and overcame many obstacles and challenges on the road to success. A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 2 South Claiborne Street, Mobile Alabama. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 5, 2018 between 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at Christian Benevolent Funeral Home, 201 North Hamilton Street, Mobile, Alabama. Visitation will also available Tuesday, March 6, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will follow in the Catholic Cemetery, 1700 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Mobile, Alabama.

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The Mobile Beacon Church Calendar Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 750 MLK, Jr., Ave., Mobile, AL 36604 invites you to worship with us on Sunday school @ 9:30 A.M and11:00 a.m. service. We also have Bible Study Wednesday at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm The doors of Metropolitan are always open. Rev. Jessica R. Durr, Pastor, M. Div. Church of God House of Deliverence We the Officers, Mempers & Pastor would like to invite you to come worship with us on our church nigts which is Tuesday at 7:30 pm for bible study, on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm for bible study and worship services, also come join us on Sundays for sunday school at 10:00 am, with midday services on Sundays at 12:00 pm. Yours in christ,

St. Dominic Parish Come join us for our services for SUNDAY MASSES Vigil Mass (Saturday) 4:30 p.m. Sunday Masses 7:00, 9:00, 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. DAILY MASSES Monday 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. Tuesday 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. Wednesday 6:30 a.m. amd 6:30 p.m., Thursday 6:30 and 8:00 a.m., Friday 6:30 and 8:00 a.m. Saturday 8:00 a.m, HOLY DAY MASSES , Check inside the bulletin, CONFESSIONS Saturday: 3:30 - 4:15 p.m. or by appointment, EUCHARISTIC ADORATION First Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. to Benediction at 6:10 p.m. Full Tuition Paid Scholarships Available Is your child in K-12 public school?

Do you desire to place him/her in a private, accredited, comprehensive Christian school where he or she is taught on his/her level, given personal attention, and taught the principles and concepts of the Word of God? If you answered yes to this question, Word of Life Institute may be just the place for you and your child to grow academically and spiritually! We are currently accepting applications for admission, and have access to full, tuition-paid scholarships. For more information or to learn how to apply, contact us at (251) 456-2652 for more details. Stone Street Baptist Church 311 Tunstall Street, Mobile, Al invites you to worship with us. For information, call 251-4333947, Rev. Milton E. Saf-

fold, Pastor. Peace & Goodwill Primative Baptist Church Located at 2027 Tucker St. Mobile, Al 36617. Invites you to join them in celebration and the Worship of Christ. So come one and all. Your In Christian Love, Chairperson - Sister Beverly Fairley Pastor - Elder Jerome Dean Greater Faith Temple, Inc. Located at 2522 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, Al 36606, The Pastor, Officers, and members of Greater Faith Temple cordially invites you to worship with us as we celebrate “The Lords Day” which is every Sunday; Please join them as they up lift the name Jeasus in spirit and truth!!! Pastor Wanda robinson, Servant Leader

Soup Kitchen Needy families and individuals are welcome to come out each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. to the Word of Life Community Church Soup Kitchen, located at 351 South Craft Highway, Chickasaw, AL 36611. There is no fee. Also, the church offers a food pantry and clothing ministry each Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. For more information call the church at (251) 456-2652. Dr. Henry W. Roberts, II - Pastor Missionary for Jesus Tune in to AM 1270, Wilkins Radio, each Thursday at 1:15 p.m. and Friday at 5 p.m. and enjoy a fresh Word from the Lord, as Bro. Sammie Eaton, 20-plus year missionary to Haiti and Mobile, AL resident, preaches the gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 251-454-5727

Emanuel AME Youth Gospel Greater Mt Carmel Missionary Baptist Church 1410 Rev. R. T. Thomas Drive Mobile, Al 36605 9:30am Sunday School 11:00am Worship Service Please Come Worship with us! Shepherd’s Care Outreach Ministries 604 Loeffler St. Mobile, AL 36607 We like to nvite you to come out and have a Holy Ghost good time in the Lord with Us Sunday school 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship Service, Bible Study Wed. @ 7:00p.m. and Pray and Testamony, Friday @ 7:00p.m. Pastor: Finician Pettway! Come Praise the Lord with Us!”

Red & White Banquet By Tommy Green Beacon Community Affairs Editor On Saturday, January 24, 2018, Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church held its annual Red & White Banquet. Minister Emanuel Eaton of the Morning Star Baptist Church in Lucedale, MS served as the presiding officer, while Sis. Bessie Watt, Sis. Dallas Smith, and Sis Bertha Junior served as the praise leaders. Sis. Jackie Ash gave the welcome; while Maya Angelou’s, “I Rise,” was performed. Melvin Jackson hosted a time of laughter; and Minister Winston Kidd blessed the food. Members of Mt, Calvary gave performances as performing artists Bruno Mars, Monica, The Weather Girls, Justin Timberlake, Patti Labelle, and Jennifer Hudson. Sis. Lynnetta T. Kidd gave the Words of Appreciation; and Pastor Glover gave expressions and the benediction. Pastor Norvel Glover & Sis. Ada Glover

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church 25th Pastor’s Annivesary for rev. julius a. seals friday march 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm speaker: pastor bernard yates of zion hope primitive baptist church pensacola, fl sunday march 11, 2018 @11:00am speaker: rev. james mctier of greenwood baptist church lanette, al sunday march 11, 2018 @ 3:00pm speaker: pastor michael jackson of aimwell baptist church calvary baptist church of trinity garden inc 2457 braggon avenue mobile, al 36617 annual church anniversary begin wed. march 21, 2018 thru fri. march 23, 2018 @ 7:00pm climax sunday march 25, 2018 @ 3 pm come and be blessed!!!!! calvary baptist church family chairperson rev. levi summers sr., pastor lm davis contact person- (251) 725 -1008 “calvary baptist church trinity garden inc. is the church everybody is somebody and the lord is lord of all and

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City to vote next week on sale of property to Franklin Memorial Clinic By ARTHUR L. MACK For the Beacon Mobile City Councilmembers will discuss the sale of property that formerly housed the Joe Radford Thomas Recreation Center during next week’s city council meeting The property, which is located at 1361 Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue, will be sold for $185,500 if the council approves the proposed sale. During Tuesday’s city council work session, City Finance Director Paul Wesch said that the property, where the Joe Radford Thomas Recreation Center was located, was once a popular spot for young people living in the Dr. Martin Luther King Avenue area. After the center itself was closed, Franklin Memorial Clinic used three lots—a fitness center, a playground area, and a pool area—for their fitness programs. “The center was little used, but Franklin had a better idea for it,” said Wesch. “About 10 years ago, we leased the property (the fitness center and the playground) to Franklin and they did a masterful job. So

now, it’s heavily used by the citizens of the community. According to Wesch said that when the lease came up for renewal, Franklin asked the city could it buy the property. “We were impressed with what they had done, and so the pool area became part of the conversation,” he said. “So, they’re going to buy the entire facility.” Wesch told the beacon that the city tends to gain a lot from the sale. “What the city will gain, in addition to the purchase price, we’ll put into a capital fund for improvements in the building that we will still own,” he said. “What we’ll also get out of it is the knowledge that they will put their high-level expertise and programming with the pool facility. The citizens who are being served will continue to be served at a higher level.” The City Council also recognized Katrina Frazier as its Employee of the Month for the month of March. Frazier, who works in the city’s Recreation Department, was instrumental in creating several new programs. It also recognized the Leinkauf Elementary School’s Student Council and National Elementary Honor Society.

Historic Preservationists to Announce Whether Uncovered Wrec Is the Sunken Slave Ship Clotilda WHO: Mobile County Training School Alumni Association and Africatown~C.H.E.S.S., a communitybased organization in Mobile, Alabama WHAT: Community meeting with the team of historical investigators -- including state and national historians and preservationists -- who came to examine the remains of an 1860s-era ship in the Mobile River Delta. Plus other important WHEN: Wednesday ,March 7, 2018 at 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM WHERE: The James L. Hope / Plateau Community Center 850 Edwards Street, Mobile, AL 36610 WHY: The team will announce whether the wreckage undercovered by reporter Ben Raines is that of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to have arrived in the U.S., in Mobile, Alabama & other important community announcements.

....... DINNER WILL BE SERVED AND DOOR PRIZES AWARDED ....... About the Mobile County Training School Alumni Association The Mobile County Training School Alumni Association is dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting the history and achievements of the MCTS family, and its descendants, by documenting and recording for posterity the accomplishments and experiences of its family by awarding scholarships and publishing the Alumni experience to encourage others. About Africatown~C.H.E.S.S. C.H.E.S.S. exists to ensure that the Africatown community in Mobile, Alabama, is Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe, & Sustainable. Through its partnership with the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice, the HBCU-CBO Gulf Coast Equity Consortium, and the Kellogg Foundation, the organization implements strategies and best practices that improve the quality of life in Africatown and the Gulf Coast region's most underserved areas Learn more at | For more information contact: Joe Womack, Africatown~C.H.E.S.S. Executive Director Phone: 251 404-9558 Email:

Calendar of Events Wave to Work Week A survey campaign is being conducted March 5-9 to understand how Mobilians get around our beloved city, while creating awareness and advocacy for the Mobile public transportation system. Visit

Leadership Seminar for Girls In today’s media-absorbed society, it is difficult for young girls to develop a healthy sense of selfworth, self-respect and self-love. Alabama Contemporary Art Center on Saturday, March 10, noon to 3 p.m. For tickets visit

Power Lines Poets A Mobile-based poetry troupe featuring local writers and performers returns to the Mobile Museum of Art, Thursday, March 8, 6-7 p.m., for a new quarterly slam poetry session. Power Lines Poets will perform and invite guest poets to take the mic as well.

Wee Exchange Kids Resale Join the largest children’s consignment sale on the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, March 14, at the Abba Shrine, 7701 Hitt Road. Women’s Resource Center Banquet Mobile Convention Center, Tuesday, March 13. Silent auction at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Call 251473-4000 for tickets or visit

Touch-a-Truck Children and their families can climb aboard more than 50 big trucks and other large vehicles at Touch a Truck, Saturday, March 10, at Hank Aaron Stadium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Benefits pediatric cancer research and adoption.

Permian Monsters: Life Before Dinosaurs Take an adventure back in time 290 million years when bizarre-looking animals dominated life on land and sea. The Exploreum will display this traveling exhibition Feb. 14 – June 3. Visit

Over the Edge The 74 Club will host the 3rd annual Over the Edge event on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, at The Mobile Marriott. Visit, call 251-402-4508 and read “Upon Further Review” in this issue.

“Galapagos: Nature’s Wonderland” In the vastness of the Pacific Ocean, there is a paradise unlike any other: the Galapagos Archipelago. Immerse yourself in this spectacular film at the Exploreum, until May 26. Visit

Celebrate Historic Mobile The Historic Mobile Preservation Society hosts Celebrate Historic Mobile March 8-11. Includes programs and activities including tours of living spaces, sacred places and resting places. Visit

“Titanic: Honour & Glory” “Titanic Honour & Glory” runs through April 15 at the History Museum of Mobile. In addition to the exhibition, the museum will be hosting monthly events. Call 251-301-0273.

LoDa Artwalk The second-Friday LoDa Artwalk will be held Friday, March 9, at 6 p.m. in the Lower Dauphin Street district. Sponsored by city of Mobile Special Events and Mobile Arts Council. Call 251208-1550.

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Bingo Join Via! Health, Fitness, Enrichment Center (1717 Dauphin St.) for bingo every Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 251-478-3311. Bridge Lessons The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fitness and Athletics Classes New fitness classes are offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Tai Chi, Candle Lit Yoga, Core Fusion, small-group personal fitness training, basketball for ages 15 and up, basketball for ages 814 and sports conditioning for ages 8-17. Call 251-463-7980 or go to Dance and art classes New dance classes are offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Belly dance, pre-ballet and tumbling for ages 6-12, beginner piano for ages 8 and up. Call 251-463-7980 or go to Pickleball for adults (indoors) Offered at Palmer Pillans Middle School on Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Great sport for all ages combines tennis, pingpong and badminton on a court one-fourth the size of a tennis court. Call 251-463-7980 or go to Mobile City Council: Tuesdays at Government Plaza, 205 Government St. Pre-council meeting at 9 a.m.; council meeting at 10:30 a.m. Prichard City Council: Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 216 E. Prichard Ave.,

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was born August 1, 1929 and passed on February 25, 2018 . Her request was that she would be entombed alongside her husband at the Chapel of the Chimes in Serenity Memorial Gardens in J o y c e A n n Theodore, AL. Middleton,passed away ********** in the comfort of her home on February 23, 2018. Services was held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at TannerW i l l i a m s UnitedMethodist Church with visitation from 10 am until service time at 11:30 am. Interment followed in Joyner Ceme- Louise Owen, passed away Tuesday, February tery. 27, 2018. Funeral serv********** ices was held from the chapel of SerenityFuneral Home on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3 pm with visitation from 1 pm until service time. Interment followed in SerenityMemorial Gardens. ********** Bonnie Ree Bosarge, was born on February 17, 1926 and passed away peacefully on February 24, 2018. The funeral service was held Friday March 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM from First BaptistChurch, Bayou La Batre, AL with ReverendJeremy Smalley conducting the service with visitation from 12:00 Noon until 2:00 PM prior to the services following with burial at the Oddfellows Cemetery in Bayou La Batre. **********

I s r a e l M e s a Mariscal,passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018. Funeral service was held at Serenity Funeral Home on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1 pm with visitation from 11 am until service time. Interment followed in SerenityMemorial Gardens. ********** Mr. Harvel Aymare Owens, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 23, 2018. A Celebration of his Life will be held on March 11 at Serenity Event Center, 8691 Old Pascagoula Rd., Mobile, AL. Visitation will begin at 2:30 with the memorial service following at 3:15. ********** Tracy Lynne Nelson, passed away in Grand Bay, AL on February 24, 2018.Services was held at St. Margarets Catholic Church on Friday, March 2, 2018 with visitation from 10 am until 11 and mass at 11. Interment followed in Oddfellow J E S S I C A A L I C E Cemetery. KNIGHT, died on Friday, ********** February 23, 2018,was born November 21, 1982 Visitation was from 11:00 a.m., until the 1:00 p.m. funeral hour at EbenezerBaptist Church of Cottage Hill, 5051 Ebenezer Drive, Mobile, AL. on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Interment followed in Lawn Haven Memorial Gar- dens. Florence Ann Barnes **********

Ruby Joyce Elmore passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Funeral service was held at Coden UnitedMethodist Church on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 12 noon with visitation from 10 am until service time. Interment followed in Oddfellow Cemetery. ********** Patricia Ann Tubb, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018. She was born on April 11th 1943 Funeral service was held at Serenity Funeral Home on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 12 noon with visitation from 10 am until service time. Interment followed in SerenityMemorial Gardens. **********

1934 and passed on February 27, 2018 GravesideService was held Monday, March 05, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Catholic Cemetery 1700 Dr. Martin Luther King Ave., Mobile, Al 36617 **********

Barbara Ann “Baby Cakes�HickenbottomDrummond, transitioned from this life to eternity on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. She was born onSeptember30, 1947. A visitation was held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 8am until the 10am Funeral Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 2 S Claiborne St, Mobile, AL. Interment followed in the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spanish Fort, AL. ********** Mrs.Lucille P. Darby was born on December 6, 1928 and departed this life for her eternal home on Friday, February 23, 2018. A visitation was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9am until the 11am funeralhour at Greater Mount Carmel Missinary Baptist Church, 1410 R.T. Thomas, DR., Mobile, AL. Interment followed in the Gethsemane North Cemetery, Eight Mile, AL. **********

Bishop David Russell Eldell was born March 8, 1935 He departed this life, Friday February 23, 2018. A visitation was held on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 9am until the 11am funeral Orlando Johnson, was hour at NewCommunity born December 03, Church of God in Christ,

132 W. Turner Rd., Prichard, AL. Interment followed in the Gethsemane North Cemetery, Eight Mile, AL. **********

MotherBessie Williams was born January 22, 1931 and passed on Saturday Feburary 24, 2018. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral hour at the Potter'sHouse Church, 1017 Moran Street, Bay Minette, AL 36507. Interment followed in the Mutual Aid Cemetery, Bay Minette, AL. **********

Mary Fleming Davis passed this life on February 25, 2018. A visitation was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9am until the 11am funeral hour in Small's Mortuary Chapel, Mobile, Interment followed in Lawn Haven Memorial G a r d e n s C e m e t e r y, Theodore, AL. **********

Henry Miller was born on October 27, 1970 and passed on Sunday February 25, 2018. Visitation was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. funeral hour at Restoration Fellowship Ministries, 9585 Milton Jones Road, Daphne, AL 36526. Interment followed in Springhill Memorial Cemetery (Marlow),Summerdale, AL. **********

Mrs. Helen W. Byrd was born on June 12, 1938 departed this life for her eternal home on Monday, February 26, 2018. A visitation was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9am until the 11am funeral hour at Delaware Street MB Church, 701 S. Lawrence St., Mobile, AL. Interment followed in Starlight Cemetery, Chunchula, AL. **********

Dorothy Mae Carson Nelson-- was born October 4, 1943 departed this life Thursday, March 1, 2018.Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 after 9am until the 11am funeral hour Lighthouse Apostolic Holiness Church 9890 Tom Waller Rd, Grand Bay, Alabama. Interment will follow in the Fernland Cemetery. **********

Amanda R. Andrews, departed this life peacefully on Sunday, February 25, 2018. Visitation was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 10am until the11am funeral hour at Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 401 Donald Street, Mobile, AL. Interment followed in Gethsemane Cemetery, Mobile. **********


U.S. Air Force Airman Trey A. Ladner graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Ladner is the son of Steffanie and Jason Ladner and grandson of Elva and James Gray, all of Mobile, Ala. The airman is a 2016 graduate of Saint Luke's Episcopal School, Mobile, Ala. U.S. Air Force National Guard Airman Miesha N. Tyson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Tyson is the daughter of Victoria Jones of Eight Mile, Ala., and Thorice Tyson of Greenville, Ala., and granddaughter of Jacqueline Tyson of Greenville, Ala. She is also the sister of Tyesha Tyson. The airman is a 2017 graduate of Greenville High School, Greenville, Ala.

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Photos by Jerome McNeil/Mobile Beacon | LeFlore High coach Darrell Walton talks to his players during a timeout at the state Class 6A semifinal game against Hazel Green February 28 at the BJCC Arena in Birmingham. The Rattlers lost 65-35. Meanwhile, McGill-Toolen’s boys and girls had better luck in the Class 7A semifinals, winning over Sparkman, but lost in the finals. McGill-Toolen’s girls lost to Spain Park 56-26, while McGill-Toolen’s boys lost to Mountain Brook 73-49.

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