Wiregrass Archives co-sponsoring historian’s Dothan speech

September 19, 2019

Notable African Americans from Alabama will be featured in a speech by prominent Alabama historian Dr. Richard Bailey on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum in Dothan.

Bailey’s program, based on his book titled “They Too Call Alabama Home: African American Profiles, 1800-1999,” is part of the Draughon Seminars in State and Local History sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Auburn University. The program is co-sponsored by the Carver Museum and the Wiregrass Archives at Troy University’s Dothan Campus.

Dr. Richard Bailey in a suit.

The 90-minute program is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, and will feature African Americans with ties to Alabama who have made significant contributions to the state, nation and world.

“They Too Call Alabama Home” is Bailey’s second book on African American history related to Alabama. His first book was titled “Neither Carpetbaggers Nor Scalawags: Black Officeholders During the Reconstruction of Alabama.”

Bailey received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Alabama State University and a doctorate from Kansas State University.

As a co-sponsor of Bailey’s speech, the Wiregrass Archives is fulfilling its mission of promoting the history and development of the Wiregrass.

The Wiregrass Archives was founded in 2002 and built around the congressional records of former U.S. Rep. Terry Everett.

The Archives also hold the historic records of the National Peanut Festival, as well as community, individual and organization records from about 30 counties that comprise the Wiregrass Region in Alabama, Georgia and Florida.