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Broken But Not Forgotten

Alabama’s public education system was born at Barton Academy along Government Street in January of 1839. The Greek Revival building, which was first proposed in 1830,...

The Plow

In this historic photograph from the Fairhope Single Tax Colony Archives, a Baldwin County farmer puts in his crop with a horse-drawn plow and lots of elbow...

Hard Day’s Work

In the years surrounding the turn of the 19th century, America and the world were dealing with mechanization in an unprecedented manner. The Industrial Revolution created jobs...

LaClede Revisited

The handsome downtown landmark at Government and Emmanuel streets began in 1855 as two federal-style buildings of shops and living accommodations. Joseph Peter used the corner section as...

Everybody Loves a Parade

In a circa 1930s archival photo, horse-mounted revelers and a mule-drawn king’s float part the sea of  revelers on their way down St. Francis Street, alongside...

Sky High

The newly refurbished and renamed RSA-BankTrust Building at 107 St. Francis St. is an address with an impressive history. Originally the site of the U.S. Customs House and...

Spotlight: Roman Street

As a longtime analyst of Mobile’s music scene, my pick as one of the most gratifying success stories has been Roman Street. Every time the two brothers,...

Endless Summer

“Endless Summer, ” the famous 1966 documentary credited with bringing the joy of riding the waves and standing up to the world at large. Facebook, a social...

Names in Lights: Walker Hayes

What drives someone to walk up on the stage for the first time, to lay it all out in front of strangers?  In Walker Hayes’ case, “It...

Name in Lights: The Band Perry

The journey from street performances to stadium concerts is long. The Band Perry began its odyssey in lower Alabama. The three siblings, Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry,...

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