Please join us at the USA Archaeology Museum on Tuesday, May 7 from 5pm-7pm to celebrate our new temporary exhibit, “The Making of a Food Desert: A Byproduct of Urban Renewal,” now on display through summer 2019. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be provided.
This exhibition features the work of Community Health Advocate (CHA) Barbara M. Hodnett, who facilitates health education and outreach in the 36603 zip code zone in Mobile. As a result of Urban Renewal, 36603 changed radically from the 1950s through the 1990s. Photos taken of existing buildings and archival images, as well as interviews with residents that lived through the urban renewal era, are used to illustrate one of the major byproducts of this event- the creation of a food desert through the fragmentation of the neighborhood, hence the title of this exhibit. Here, we see the distinct loss of vital businesses, such as grocery stores, pharmacies, medical offices, entertainment and much more- that never returned.
This exhibit is co-presented by the USA Center for Healthy Communities.