Recent Exhibits

The Huntsville Gazette, 1893: A Year in the Life of Black America

The Huntsville Gazette was a Black-owned weekly newspaper published from 1879 to 1894, during the volatile Long Reconstruction Era. This exhibit provides a snapshot of the Gazette‘s coverage of issues about and important to the Black community by highlighting one article per issue from a single year, 1893 — chosen not because it was extraordinary but because it was perfectly ordinary.

Campus Historical Markers

Many people, places, and events which left an impression on the University of Alabama and surrounding community have been commemorated in historical markers and plaques around the campus. This is a collection of those public accounts of our history, in both image and text.

Unrest: Two Weeks of Protest at the University of Alabama, 1970

On the civil disobedience at the University in the wake of the Kent State shooting in the spring of 1970. Featuring images and narrative taken from newspaper accounts, it covers the events of May 6-19 in the context of late 1960s counterculture — which was more of an influence at UA than one might expect.

The Elise Ayers Sanguinetti Digital Collection

The novels of Elise Ayers Sanguinetti were published in the turbulent 1960s. Written against a backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, they can’t help but grapple with the tension and uncertainty that were hallmarks of those times, especially in places like Mississippi, Georgia, and her home state of Alabama.