Panel discussion to complement new Alabama justice exhibit at Vulcan Park and Museum scheduled for Feb. 26. Get tickets now.

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If you’ve ever wanted to take an intimate glimpse inside Alabama’s judicial history, head over to Vulcan Park and Museum Tuesday, February 26 5:30 – 7 PM.  You’ll hear an enlightening panel discussion featuring three of Birmingham’s top minds on the subject. Get tickets now.

Panel Discussion to Complement New Alabama Justice Exhibit at Vulcan

The panel discussion will accompany the interactive, traveling exhibit Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed A Nation exhibit at the Vulcan Park and Museum’s Linn-Henley Gallery, February 15 through May 9, 2019.

The panel will gather Tuesday, February 26 at Vulcan Park and Museum at 5:30 PM  to explore how laws made after the Civil War set the stage for many of the cases in the exhibit, the marches of the Civil Rights Movement and later reorganization of Birmingham’s city government.

The traveling, interactive exhibit Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed A Nation at the Vulcan Museum
The traveling, interactive exhibit Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed A Nation at the Vulcan Museum. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Alabama Justice panelists for the February 26 discussion include:

Attorney J. Mason Davis— Longtime Birmingham-based lawyer and NAACP “Lifetime Achievement in Civil Rights” honoree.

Judge U. W. Clemon—Former United States District Judge of the United States District Court and current private practice lawyer. One of first ten African American lawyers admitted to the Alabama Bar.

Dr. Edwin BridgesFormer Director of Alabama’s Department of Archives and History and author of Alabama: The Making of an American State

The traveling, interactive exhibit Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed A Nation at the Vulcan Museum
Included in the exhibit are profiles of Alabama’s three Supreme Court justices – John McKinley, John Archibald Campbell and Hugo Black. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Dr. Natalie Davis, Professor Emerita at Birmingham-Southern College, will serve as a moderator for this event. She is a public opinion expert who has conducted political polls in Alabama and throughout the South. She is quoted regularly in publications such as the the New York Times and Washington Post and over the years has appeared on all of the national networks.

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“We are looking forward to a thought-provoking discussion about the evolution of law in this country through the judicial system and how that has created a lasting impact for Birmingham and Alabama today,” said Jennifer Watts, Director of Museum Programs of Vulcan Park and Museum.

The panel discussion is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

Panel Discussion Details:

Date:  Tuesday, February 26

Time: 5:30-7 PM

Place: Vulcan Park and Museum

Admission: $10 general admission, $8 members

For more information on the exhibit or to purchase panel tickets, go to visitvulcan.com/events

Alabama Justice Exhibition on display until May 9th, 2019

The exhibition, commissioned by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission, will be in Birmingham at Vulcan Park and Museum’s Linn-Henley Gallery through May 9.

The exhibit was developed in part for Alabama’s bicentennial celebration and features interactive components that allow you to flip through legal precedents for each case as well as hear actual oral arguments.

The traveling, interactive exhibit Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed A Nation at the Vulcan Museum
The digital interactive components will enable viewers to scroll through the historical background and legal precedents for each case as well as hear actual oral arguments. (Photo by Christine Hull for Bham Now)

Telling the story of eight landmark Alabama-based cases:

The traveling exhibit focuses on eight Alabama-based cases that went to the supreme court, as well as three U.S. supreme court justices from the state.

  • Wallace v Jaffree (1985)
  • NAACP v Alabama (1958)
  • New York Times v Sullivan (1964)
  • Scottsboro Trials
  • Gomillion v Lightfoot (1960)
  • Frontiero v Richardson (1973)
  • Reynolds v Sims (1964)
  • Katzenbach v. McClung (1964)
The Scottsboro Boys case is one of eight cases up for discussion at the Alabama Justice panel discussion. (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Archives)
The Scottsboro Boys case is one of eight cases up for discussion at the Alabama Justice panel discussion. (Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Archives)

The supreme court justices highlighted in the exhibit include John McKinley of Huntsville, John Archibald Campbell of Mobile and Hugo Black of Ashland.

Alabama Justice exhibit origins

The traveling exhibit was created by Auburn University’s Dr. Steven P. Brown and Backstory Educational Media to present each case by issue, arguments and the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Exhibit Details:

Exhibit: Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed A Nation at the Vulcan Park Linn-Henley gallery

Dates: February 15 – May 9

Time: 10 AM – 6 PM; 7 days a week

Admission Fee: adults $6, ages 5 – 12 $4, FREE for members and children 4 and under.

For more information on the exhibit or to purchase panel discussion tickets, go to visitvulcan.com

This exhibit is sponsored by The Birmingham Bar Association and the Birmingham Bar Foundation.

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View from the Vulcan Park and Museum overlook. (Photo for Bham Now)

Please keep in mind that Vulcan Park and Museum is a certified sensory-inclusive location and is accessible to all guests.  You can get the full story here.

About the Alabama Bicentennial Celebration

The Alabama Bicentennial is the three year celebration of Alabama statehood. Named Alabama 200, the celebration is currently it’s last year to celebrate Alabama history across the state by investing in schools and teachers, engaging  communities and encouraging both residents and visitors to learn more about the state.

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Citizens around the state are participating in Alabama 200, the Alabama Bicentennial celebration. (Photo via Alabama 200)

You can learn more about the Alabama Bicentennial here.

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