Civil War · southern history

Civil War P.O.W. prison exhibit up


Tonight, I attended the opening reception for a new museum exhbiti unveiling select artifacts from an archaeological dig that reveals the remains of a Union P.O.W. prison that were once on the present site of Tuscaloosa’s Embassy Suites Hotel.

IMG_3052.JPGIt was so cool seeing pottery from a New York artist IMG_3053.JPG

….and oyster shells that likely arrived in Tuscaloosa from Mobile.



It was also wonderful seeing Katherine Richter Edge, Director of the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum, who has been working tirelessly to get the exhibit ready for today’s opening. I also saw University of Miami Gorgas House Museum Director Brandon Thompson whose anthropological and archaeological skills and that of others (including his wonderful colleague who I met this evening) contributed  to a successful project. It was also lovely to see Cathy Randall, local businesswoman who has long been part of the UA community.



Also present this evening was retired art history professor Robert Mellown whose ongoing expertise on local buildings was unveiled at the museum. IMG_3058.JPG

I look forward to my Antebellum America class visiting his exhibit and the P.O.W one on November 28 our last class meeting before the students presents their maps to each other and anyone who cares to join us in 113 tenHoor 3-5:30pm December 5 during our final class meeting.  The students were charged with “mapping” Tuscaloosa and Alabama via an actual map and a presentation and paper with a digital component in honor of the city’s and state’s upcoming bicentennial. If you’re free, please join us!MAPPING Flier. I

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