It Came from the Archives: Langford family members killed in 1963’s ‘worst train wreck to date’ in Dothan

The ACL Extra East train on the siding at Grimes, a few miles east of the accident. (Wiregrass Archives)

The ACL Extra East train on the siding at Grimes, a few miles east of the accident. (Wiregrass Archives)

The year 1963 was historically important in and around Alabama.  It opened with the gubernatorial inauguration of George Wallace. That spring, civil rights marches erupted in Birmingham, including Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” and the Children’s March.  In May, to welcome Attorney General Bobby Kennedy, Governor Wallace raised the Confederate battle flag over the state…

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It Came From the Archives: RAF pilots trained at Napier Field near Dothan

Class SE-42-H before Napier Field HQ building, 1942. (TROY photo/Wiregrass Archives)

Class SE-42-H before Napier Field HQ building, 1942. (TROY photo/Wiregrass Archives)

During World War 2, the skies over Great Britain were filled with too many German airplanes, and the weather was too inclement, for pilot-cadets to train safely.  So they trained in colonies like India and South Africa, but they also trained in the US from June 1941 to March 1943.

AT-6 trainers on Napier Field. (TROY…

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TROY professor’s historical board game links academics and gaming

Rising Waters is a multi-player game focused on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and the Jim Crow south.

Rising Waters is a multi-player game focused on the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and the Jim Crow south.

Troy University history professor Dr. Scout Blum has merged game playing and academics with her newest creation, a board game called Rising Waters, which aims to give students a better understanding of one of the most destructive disasters in US history and the themes of racism and perseverance.

Rising Waters is a multi-player board game centered around…

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It Came from the Archives: A Girl the Wildcats left behind

Two of the Tallassee boys who answered the call in World War I, Willie Pierce, left, and Loman Ballard.

Two of the Tallassee boys who answered the call in World War I, Willie Pierce, left, and Loman Ballard.

When soldiers fight away from home, they leave behind non-combatants – mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends.  Some friends were young women with whom the soldier-boys (and don’t forget that most of them were exactly that) had grown up.  Today’s post concerns one young woman soldiers corresponded with, and what those letters tell us not only about them…

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