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Tuskegee University Archives Receives Bicentennial Legacy Award

August 27, 2020

Contact: Kawana McGough, Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

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Alabama Bicentennial Legacy Project plaque

This week, Tuskegee University Archives received a special plaque commemorating its outstanding contribution to Alabama’s recent bicentennial celebration. 

Between Mar. 3, 2017, and Dec. 14, 2019, every county, more than 200 local community committees and dozens of organizations throughout the state participated in Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration. They undertook hundreds of projects and activities over the three-year celebration. From those, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission selected 21 projects to receive legacy awards and 41 to receive commendations. All made a significant and/or lasting contribution to the state’s commemoration.

“Alabama people, communities and organizations showed their creativity and resourcefulness throughout the commemoration, but nowhere more than in the programs and projects they brought to life,” notes Alabama Bicentennial Commission executive director Jay Lamar. “They helped ensure the bicentennial engaged all ages and interests. The bronze plaques are permanent testimonies to their contributions.”

The specially made bronze plaque names the Tuskegee University Civil Rights Historic Trail as recipient and will be displayed at the Tuskegee University Archives.

“We are honored to have been chosen by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission for this recognition.  This project speaks to the continued work between the City of Tuskegee and the University as we look to our past while embracing the future.” Dana Chandler, University Archivist.

Among the award recipients were exhibitions, school projects and city murals. Many initiatives were locally focused, while others involved regional or even statewide interests. Many are especially notable for their long-term relevance and impact.

The awards also represented every region of the state and ranged from small towns to major metropolitan centers. Community partners included junior colleges, county commissions and historic sites.

For more information about the Alabama Bicentennial Legacy Awards and the bicentennial commemoration, visit or call 334-242-4537. A full list of awards follows:

Alabama Bicentennial Legacy Awards

  • Athens Bicentennial Mural (City of Athens)
  • Limestone County Courthouse Bell and Judge Rosenau Memorial (Limestone County Commission)
  • Baldwin County Bicentennial Marker Series and Bicentennial Battle Site Paintings (Baldwin County Department of Archives and History)
  • Lightning Point Restoration Project (Alabama Nature Conservancy)
  • Evergreen Cemetery Summer House Restoration (Elba Chamber of Commerce)
  • WWI and WWII: Memories of Baldwin County (Baldwin County Heritage Museum)
  • Alabama Constitution Hall Park Restoration (EarlyWorks Family of Museums, Huntsville)
  • Ditto Landing Ferry Boat Recreation (Ditto Landing, Huntsville)
  • From Wilderness to Statehood: Celebrating Cahawba (Alabama Historical Commission)
  • Daniel Pratt Continental Preservation Project (Prattaugan Museum)
  • Tuscumbia Landing Project (Alabama Trail of Tears Association)
  • Alabama Indigenous Mound Trail (University of Alabama Center for Economic Development)
  • Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Square and Walkway and Minerva Sculpture (Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission)
  • Discovering Alabama Bicentennial Specials (Discovering Alabama)
  • Tuskegee University Civil Rights Trail (Tuskegee University Archives)
  • Union Springs Murals on Main Street (Tourism Council of Bullock County)
  • Alabama 200 Celebrates Historic Lowndes County (Elmore Bolling Foundation)
  • Rosa Parks Statue and Montgomery Plaza-Klein Park (City of Montgomery)

Alabama Bicentennial Commendations

  • Athens Bicentennial Bash (Athens)
  • Limestone County Memorials Map and Documentary (Limestone County Archives)
  • Remembering the Great War (Drake Middle School)
  • Alabama Bicentennial: The Stories of our People (WRBC Fox News)
  • Project Chelsea Preservation (Chelsea Middle School)
  • Wallace State Stars Fell on Alabama Bicentennial Musical Salute (Cullman County Bicentennial Commission)
  • Colony Bicentennial Mural Display (Cullman County Museum)
  • Celebrating Our History: Inventory of Archival Collections (UNA, Collier Library and Information Services)
  • Sumter County Alabama Bicentennial Audio Tour (Sumter County Commission, City of Gainesville, City of Livingston and City of York)
  • History of the Town of Glen Allen (Glen Allen)
  • Historic Guntersville City Cemetery Celebration (City of Guntersville)
  • Homewood Public Library Bicentennial Programming (Homewood Public Library)
  • Planting Seeds for Alabama History (Historic Huntsville Foundation)
  • Level Plains 100-Year Time Capsule (City of Level Plains)
  • Alabama Heritage Garden (Lillian Recreational Park)
  • Louisville Bicentennial Mural (Town of Louisville)
  • Honoring Our Founder, Loxley Families & History (Bicentennial Committee of the Town of Loxley)
  • Dora F. Finley African American Trail UNESCO Marker (Mobile Bicentennial Celebration)
  • Mooresville Bicentennial Garden (Town of Mooresville)
  • Heritage of Blount County, Alabama 200 Edition (Blount County Historical Society)
  • Rising Phoenix: A Historical Tour of Phenix City (Central Freshman Academy)
  • Historic Rosenwald School & Museum Sharing Legacy (Paulette Newberns)
  • Pinson Writers' Project (Pinson Valley High School)
  • Clean and Green: Keeping Alabama Beautiful (John S. Jones Elementary School)
  • Using the Community as a Classroom (Handley High School)
  • Franklin Co./City of Russellville: The Way We Were (Franklin County Archives)
  • Happy Birthday, Alabama (Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce and Tourism)
  • Semmes Heritage Day (Semmes Heritage Park)
  • One State, Many Stories: Sharing Our State History (Pinecrest Elementary School)
  • Tusca200sa Bicentennial Celebration (Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission)
  • "Rollin' on the River" (Webb Elementary School)
  • The Alleyway by Main Street Wetumpka (Main Street Wetumpka)
  • Winfield Mule Day/Happy Birthday, Alabama (Winfield Main St.)
  • Jefferson County Courthouse (Jefferson County Commission)
  • Baldwin County: Our People. Our Place. Our Stories (Baldwin County Department of Archives and History)
  • Making Alabama Bicentennial Art Contest and Discovering Our Places Bicentennial Adventure (Cullman County Museum)
  • Explore Mobile 2017-2019, From Fort to Port and Beyond (Mobile Bicentennial Celebration)
  • Bicentennial Bus Project (City of Montgomery)
  • Vulcan Park and Museum Bicentennial Celebration (Vulcan Park and Museum)


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