5 reasons the new Alabama Bicentennial Children’s Bell at Sloss is lit.

Marshall Christie of Sloss Metal Arts with the Alabama Bicentennial Children's Bell
Marshall Christie admitted that as soon as he got the clapper in the new bell, he’s been ringing it. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

It’s not every day Alabama turns 200, so it seemed only fitting to create something lasting to celebrate that milestone. The Alabama Bicentennial Commission and Children’s Hospital partnered to create a bell that would honor both Bama’s big birthday and the children of our state.

To find out the inside scoop, I reached out to Jody Seal at Children’s of Alabama and Ashley Wingo of Sloss Metal Arts. Keep reading for all the details.

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Activist, Author, Director, Rocket Scientist—Meet the 2019 Alabama Humanities Fellows

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2019 Alabama Humanities Fellow Fred Gray with Martin Luther King Jr. Photo via Gray’s book, “Bus Ride to Justice”

A nationally recognized civil rights activist. A deputy director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. A Pulitzer Prize winner. A NASA engineer. This year’s Alabama Humanities Fellows are an impressive group, to say the least—and you have the opportunity to hear them speak right here in Birmingham, AL.

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