Posts tagged as: History

Trace the footsteps of Civil War soldiers

Trace the footsteps of Civil War soldiers

Everyone should experience the Civil War. No, not the one we endured with our families over the Christmas holidays! I’m talking about that four-year period in American history when the nation was ripped in two. I must admit that as a youngster, history held little interest for me. I learned what I had to in […]

City of Prattville celebrates Black History

City of Prattville celebrates Black History

Prattville – Black History Month, founded in 1926 by United States historian Carter G. Woodson, was launched so that Americans could reflect on the history and contributions of African Americans. On Friday night, a standing room only crowd filled the Doster Center for a night of entertainment and celebration of Black History Month. The presentation […]

Wilson Pickett marker is unveiled in Prattville

Wilson Pickett marker is unveiled in Prattville

Prattville – Due to inclement weather, the ceremony honoring soul singer and Prattville native son, Wilson Pickett, was moved inside the Creative Arts House on Tuesday afternoon and members of Pickett’s family and the committee responsible for the homage to the legendary entertainer unveiled a photo of the marker. Mayor Jim Byard Jr. welcomed all […]

Nashville, Tennessee: A little Greece and a lot of Country Music

Nashville, Tennessee: A little Greece and a lot of Country Music

Nashville, TN – Nashville, Tennessee was founded on Christmas Eve in 1779 by a group of about two hundred settlers led by James Robertson and John Donelson. The group built a log stockade that they called Fort Nashborough in honor of Gen. Francis Nash who won acclaim in the American Revolution. Nashville was incorporated into […]

19th century artist left his mark at Daniel Pratt Cemetery in Prattville

19th century artist left his mark at Daniel Pratt Cemetery in Prattville

Jarvis Turner, born in Birmingham, England on August 14, 1814, was an early marble carver who sculpted hundreds of extraordinary tombstones throughout Alabama’s black belt region as well as in areas along the upper Tombigbee River. Turner made his life in Mobile beginning in 1836, and operated a successful monument business until 1871 when he […]

Public hearing held in Prattville on ways to honor Wilson Pickett

Public hearing held in Prattville on ways to honor Wilson Pickett

Prattville – About 40 citizens attended the public hearing held Monday night at the City Hall from 6:00-7:00 PM, with the purpose of immortalizing the legacy of Wilson Pickett. Pickett was born on March 18, 1941, in Prattville, Alabama, the youngest of 11 children. He grew up singing in Baptist church choirs. Known for his […]

New Orleans: A city steeped in history and cultural diversity

New Orleans: A city steeped in history and cultural diversity

New Orleans, LA – In 1718, Jean Baptiste La Moyne, Sieur de Bienville, established New Orleans as the capital of Louisiana. At that time the city consisted of a military-style grid of seventy squares called the French Quarter. Bienville thought that area would be safe from tidal waves and hurricanes. Little did Bienville know that […]

Memorial Day observance held in Prattville

Memorial Day observance held in Prattville

Prattville – About one hundred people braved the inclement conditions Monday morning to attend the Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Autauga County Courthouse in Prattville. The event began at 11:00 AM and was held to honor those men and women who died while in military service. Prattville Mayor Jim Byard and members of the […]

“Interview” with Daniel Pratt

“Interview” with Daniel Pratt

The date is July 20, 1870 and Daniel Pratt is 71 years old on this day. The location is 147 South Court Street, the site of Prattville’s first courthouse: Q: We are so honored to interview Alabama’s First Industrialist. I’d like to thank you, Mr. Pratt, for taking the time to be with us today. […]

The birthplace of Elvis Presley: Tupelo, Mississippi

The birthplace of Elvis Presley: Tupelo, Mississippi

Tupelo, MS – Where did Elvis go to the bathroom? Was Elvis actually born in this little house? Those are two of the most common questions asked from visitors touring Elvis’ birthplace according to Nina Holcomb, tour guide of Elvis Presley’s first home in Tupelo, Mississippi. In her nine-year employment there, Mrs. Holcomb has seen […]

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