Tag Archives: history

Wiregrass Archives co-sponsoring historian’s Dothan speech

September 19, 2019
By Claudia Harris

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…

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It Came from the Archives: 20th century Dothan socialite Pauline Burdeshaw

August 28, 2019
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Pauline (neé Byrd) Burdeshaw was an anomaly.

In an era when few women traveled far and most did not travel without their husbands, Polly, as she was known to her friends, made multiple trips in North America, South America, and Europe.  Staying in high-end hotels and traveling by luxury steam liners, she met the famous…

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Remains of last known U.S. slave ship discovered

May 23, 2019
By Greg Phillips

In a historic discovery, the last known ship to bring slaves from Africa to the U.S. has been found in the Mobile River, concluding an extensive search and a mystery more than a century old.

Troy University’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Economic Development, Walter Givhan, also serves as Chairman of the Alabama Historical…

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