“Completing the Story” for Alabama’s Bicentennial

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Huntsville, Ala. - Alabama is in full swing of celebrating its 200th birthday as events roll out all over the state. This includes the local area as the committee, African Americans for Completing the Story in Huntsville-Madison County, debuts events to celebrate black history in the region.

A subcommittee of the Huntsville-Madison County Bicentennial Committee, African Americans for Completing the Story in Huntsville-Madison County want to educate local residents about the history and contributions of blacks in this area from the 1800s to today.

The schedule of events includes:

  • The Church Street Story - a documentary produced by WHNT Channel 19 premieres
    on Saturday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Race to the Future Run - the debut of an annual certified run through downtown
    Huntsville. Scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Church St. Historical Marker - Unveiling of a historical marker placed at the corner
    of Church and Holmes. Proposed for Saturday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Old-time Camp Meeting and Baptism at Big Spring Park - reenactment of revival and
    baptism at Big Spring Park, the former site of church baptisms. Proposed for June.
  • Church St. Festival - Food trucks, actors in period costume, and pictures recreate
    the atmosphere of the former epicenter of 'black life.' Proposed for June.
  • Wall of Remembrance - Unveiling of Alabama's only slave memorial to honor the
    contributions of the area's enslaved people, their descendants, and other African
    American notables. Proposed for September.

"When most people hear the words 'African Americans and Alabama' they automatically think of slavery and Jim Crow," says Tony Smith, chairperson of African
Americans for Completing the Story in Huntsville-Madison County. "While it's important to keep that history alive, these events highlight stories of how they thrived despite the obstacles of prejudice and racial bias."

For more information about "African Americans for Completing the Story in Huntsville-Madison County," visitwww.completingthestory-AL200.org.