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The Gift of the Arts

It was Dec. 21, 1965, only four days before Christmas closed the city for a day of much-needed holiday cheer. At 8:15 p.m., the curtain...

Good to the Last Drop

In a bygone era before the automatic bean grinders, electric coffee percolators and Starbucks’ steamed half-caf latte concoctions, the black brew was more luxury than commodity....

The Shipwreck that Changed the World

In the 1780s, Spain’s many wars had depleted its treasury. King Carolus III ordered new silver coins minted to replenish royal coffers and help boost the nation’s...

Ten Years Gone

The embossed leather and brass fire helmet, above, similar in design to those worn by many fire fighters, belonged to a retired captain from Engine Company...

Ad Aged

Famed Mobile artist John Augustus Walker (1901 - 1967) lived and worked at the height of the Great Depression. Some of his most recognized works include his Works...

Check Mates

Mobile, founded in 1702, was well over a century old before its residents enjoyed the convenience of running water in their homes. In 1814, the portage...

The Seafarers

Many public sculptures dot Mobile’s landscape. They have become as essential to the city’s character as the oaks that grace our neighborhoods. Some of our best-known pieces include the...

Tunnel Vision

Because it is submerged, the Bankhead Tunnel may not seem like a massive structure. But the tunnel, with  its $4 million price tag, was definitely Mobile’s...

The Conqueror's Mask

French dominance during the first 60 years of Mobile's existence certainly contributes to the expression that Mobile is a "French-ified" city. Glimmers of later 18th- and early 19th-century French...

Family Treasure Returns

Debutante season, a time of pageantry and procession, is upon us. In the early 1890s, Col. Edward Lafayette Russell's daughter, above, led a ball...

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