It Came from the Archives: The Wiregrass Trip of the 1976 American Freedom Train

The SP 4449 with Amtrak Excursion Train, Miami to Birmingham, passes Ewell Hill, Ewell, AL on Jan. 16, 1977. (Wiregrass Archives)

The SP 4449 with Amtrak Excursion Train, Miami to Birmingham, passes Ewell Hill, Ewell, AL on Jan. 16, 1977. (Wiregrass Archives)

The Tom Solomon Photograph Collection sends us down a rabbit hole yet again with three unlabeled photos of, as it turns out, the American Freedom Train trip from Miami through the Wiregrass to Birmingham then to Portland, Oregon.

The SP No. 4449 passing through Dothan, Jan. 16, 1977. (Wiregrass Archives)

In 1972, as the US…

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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: “Parade of the Years,” 1938 National Peanut Festival Community Historical Play

The National Peanut Festival, born in 1938, has been a staple of the Wiregrass since. (Wiregrass Archives)

The National Peanut Festival, born in 1938, has been a staple of the Wiregrass since. (Wiregrass Archives)

The first National Peanut Festival occurred in Dothan, Alabama, on November 10-12, 1938.  Most of us recall that first festival for hosting Dr. George Washington Carver’s address, “Great Creator, What is a Peanut and Why Do You Make It?”

Dr. George Washington Carver speaks to the inaugural National Peanut Festival, from “Alabama Magazine”, Nov. 21, 1938….

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It Came from the Archives: ‘Palladium’ yearbooks offer more than just pictures; become primary-source information

The cover of the 35th Anniversary Palladium from 1923.

The cover of the 35th Anniversary Palladium from 1923.

The 1923 Women’s Basketball team.

Guest contributor Rodney C. Lawley, Troy University Archivist (Troy Campus)

The Troy University yearbooks, Palladium, have always been popular at the University Library, and for good reason. Visitors and alumni enjoy browsing nostalgically through the pages of the University’s past, and they often seek information related to family and friends who…

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