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July 11, 2014
Poverty Biggest Problem Facing Selma, Black Belt
Poverty Biggest Problem Facing Selma, Black Belt

Selma is known to many as the Queen City of the Black Belt. This stately designation was given to the city because of its leading role in the history of the region. Selma led the area through lucrative farming years (in the mid 1800’s, Dallas County was the 4th richest area in the country), industrialization, social and political events.

By Lowery McNeal
June 23, 2014
Extension Director Works for Community Engagement
Extension Director Works for Community Engagement

Dallas County Extension coordinator Callie Nelson has been working for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) for more than 20 years. In that time, she has had her hand in agricultural projects, 4-H development, youth forums and development, leadership training, disaster relief, natural resource management, health education and so much more.

By Lowery McNeal
June 25, 2014
Historic Church Comes Home to Old Cahawba Park
Historic Church Comes Home to Old Cahawba Park

Alabama’s first state capital, Cahawba, was founded along the fertile banks of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers in 1819. At the time, this wilderness city was home to some of America’s bravest men and women, people determined to prosper and build up a new state.

By Lowery McNeal
July 3, 2014
Role in “Selma” Transports Extra to Another Time
Role in “Selma” Transports Extra to Another Time

This past week, I stood in front of Alabama’s Capitol building and listened to Martin Luther King Jr. deliver a roaring speech on voting rights.  Women with beehive hairdos and cat-eye glasses and men sporting skinny ties and penny loafers surrounded me. Anyone would have believed it was 1965 all over again.

By Lowery McNeal
June 11, 2014
Gee’s Bend Quilts Reflect Amazing Spirit, History
Gee’s Bend Quilts Reflect Amazing Spirit, History

All my life I’ve heard of the Gee’s Bend quilts. Growing up in Alabama, it’s hard to miss hearing about the famous artistic and cultural trademarks in the state – FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Lynard Skynard’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham, Fannie Flagg’s “Fried Green Tomatoes”, and the list goes on.

By Lowery McNeal


Last Updated: August 04, 2021