Lifting spirits in Hackleburg in wake of deadly tornado anniversary

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HACKLEBURG, Ala. (WHNT) - The town of Hackleburg continues to recover four years after schools and homes were wiped out by tornadoes.  Saturday, the community came together, hoping to lift up their sprits a week before the April 27th, 2011 anniversary.

The area's Ministers Association put together a concert, and brought in the southern gospel group 'The Steeles'.

"I knew that they were uplifting and that's what we wanted to give to the town," said Jason Swinney with the Ministers Association.

It's not hard to imagine that April 27th for the past three years has been a hard day to remember. The Ministers Association worked hard to get the southern gospel group to Hackleburg to help spread the message that the community is alive.

"It's not where we were, but it's where we are," Swinney added. "When you look and you say that the whole town was devastated, every body was affected in some way. Where it was and where it is now, it's a huge effort to keep everyone on the same page and headed in the right direction."

Houses now line county roads and  Wrangler jeans factory is back up and going, but there's much more to do.

"We're not through yet. We're going to keep building and get to be better than what we were before."

The community will build a human cross on Monday, April 27th in remembrance of the deadly tornadoes.