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Leaving Pipe Shop: Memories of Kin Discussion

February 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

In honor of our upcoming launch as well as Black History month, we are holding virtual discussions on this book on Leaving Pipe Shop…In her book, Dr. Deborah McDowell recounts her life growing up as a Black woman in Bessemer in the 60s. The story shows how industry impacted the cultures, health, and families of black laborers during and following Birmingham’s golden age of industrial growth. It is stories like these that we are working to rediscover as we develop the Historic Red Ore Express audio tour. Dr. McDowell is currently a professor at The University of Virginia. The book can be purchased at most book retailers. For more about the book visit:
This virtual event will feature Alfedo Acoff, a contemporary of Dr. McDowell. Her father dedicated his life to Pullman Standard (Pipe Shop) in Bessemer, AL located west of Birmingham. Alfedo has spent her career as an experienced administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the transportation/trucking/railroad industry. Strong community and social services professional skilled in Safety Management Systems, Environmental Awareness, Contract Management, Water Resource Management, and Engineering. She has worked for the US Army Corp of Engineers, the US Environmental Protection Agency and The State of Alabama Department of Transportation. She currently works as an Environmental Engineer with Strada Professional Services. Alfedo has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Alfedo will be in conversation with Thomas Spencer. Tom is a senior researcher with the Public Affairs Research Council. He has nearly two decades of experience in journalism with The Birmingham News. He has a diversified background, researching and writing on a wide variety of topics including the environment, education, economics, governmental and community affairs, politics and civil rights. His work has earned top national, regional and state awards. A Birmingham native, Spencer is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Participants will have a chance to ask questions and share their insights

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