Archive for 2011

The Life and Times of Butch & John Henry

December 19th, 2011

Story By: Rebecca Croomes. The barn door is festooned with hand-painted messages warning trespassers of loose snakes. Hollowed out bowling balls act as homes for potted plants and a wheelbarrow of animal skulls greets visitors at the door of Butch Anthony’s Alabama Museum of Wonder. Millions of things, the detritus of everyday life turned into […]

Rosenwald Schools

December 16th, 2011

Story By: Bradley Roberts. African Americans, in the time of segregation, were not able to go to the same schools as white students. They were not offered the same educational opportunities. The need for better schools for African American students was obvious. Julius Rosenwald, part-owner and president of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and Booker T. […]

Fredonia, AL

December 16th, 2011

Story By: Bradley Roberts. A small wooden building with a gable roof sits at the intersection of Chambers County Roads 222 and 267. The tin roof has been overtaken by rust, and the planks on the front porch are starting to splinter. This is one of the last reminders of the once thriving town of […]

Little Nadine’s Grave

December 16th, 2011

Story By: Kelley Rouse. Video By: Jayne Dees, Brook Robertson & Amy Whittemore. Driving along First Street in Lanett, Ala., a miniature red-brick house, about 5 feet tall, can be seen less than 50 feet from the road. Complete with windows, a fireplace, a miniature front porch and even a mailbox, it is the epitome […]

A Carved Life

December 13th, 2011

Story By: Miranda Dollarhide. From wooden carvings of life-like birds to ornate scroll keys and capitols, Sarah Rowe of can do it all. Rowe, a native of Columbus, Ga., is an architectural wood carver whose love of restoration and preservation has kept her entertained for almost three decades. However, Rowe doesn’t always work alone. In […]

Brown’s Grocery

December 12th, 2011

Story By: Alexis Duncan, Josh Hyles, Amanda Redfoot and Quan Wright. When visiting Lanett, Alabama you may notice a landmark that has been in business for thirty years. Brown’s Produce is a family owned produce shop that is run by former Police Chief Ben Brown and his wife Patsy Brown. Ben grew up in the […]

Holocaust Survivor Henry Stern

December 7th, 2011

Story By: Avery Cotton, Michelle Zauzig and Taylor Anderson. He was only six years old, when he walked onto the last ship allowed to legally carry Jews out of Germany. Henry Stern’s family boarded the S.S. Washington in Hamburg, Germany with only ten dollars and whatever material goods they could carry. It was 1937 and […]

The Blacksmith’s Craft

December 7th, 2011

Story By: Alison McFerrin. Blacksmithing is a craft from a past era, a skill that goes beyond shoeing horses. Forgemaster Jim Witte helps keep blacksmithing alive in Loachapoka, Ala., where he has been practicing the craft for more than a decade. This is his story.

Ft. Mitchell National Cemetery

November 29th, 2011

Story By: Taylor Anderson and Michelle Zauzig: Established on May 30, 1987, Fort Mitchell National Cemetery is one of the nation’s 130 national cemeteries and honors more than 5,000 veterans. The historic site of Fort Mitchell in Russell County seems an appropriate resting place for these heroes. Fort Mitchell was an important trading post connected […]

Ft. Mitchell Indian Heritage Center

November 29th, 2011

Story By: Michelle Zauzig and Taylor Anderson. The quiet lull of an Indian prayer, the distant cries and chants of a hunting ritual, and the complete silence of the forests describes the setting of the Chattahoochee valley when its only inhabitants were the Creek Indians. This scene is abruptly shaken with the beginning of the […]