Birmingham’s Historic 16th Street Baptist Church along with Civil Rights sites statewide secure Park Service grants 

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The 16th Street Baptist Church served as backdrop for the Civil Rights National Monument dedication ceremony in 2017.

Last week, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service announced $12.6 million in grants for 51 projects in 24 states that preserve sites and highlight stories related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century.

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Bham Now’s Nature Roundup – “Searching for Bigfoot” edition – May 4th (video)

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The Daily Show’s Alabamian Roy Wood searching for Bigfoot and visiting the Talladega National Forest

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup “Searching for Bigfoot”  May 4th edition.  Alabama made national news last week when the The Daily Show ran a series of comedy segments about the Yellowhammer State.

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Bham Now Special – Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments (photo gallery/links)

Special card supporting Birmingham Civil Rights National Park given to Mayor Bell and Secretary Jewell. Yesterday, President Obama established the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.

Yesterday, President Obama, through a proclamation under the Antiquities Act, established the Birmingham Civil Rights and Freedom Riders National Monuments.

A historic day for Alabama. 

Bham Now has compiled a list of links from television, radio and newspaper stories that have been published online in the past 12 hours.  With the help of photographer Larry Gay, we’ve also created a special photo gallery.

First – the photo gallery.

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Bham Now special: Inspirational video of Hank Thomas, the last surviving Freedom Rider from the 1961 Greyhound bus burning

Hank Thomas, last surviving Freedom Rider from the Greyhound bus burning near Anniston, Alabama that occurred on Mother’s Day 1961. He spoke to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and a crowd of Freedom Rider National Monument supporters in October at the site of the bus burning.

Thanks to President Obama’s proclamation yesterday, Freedom Riders National Monument and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument are now a reality.

BREAKING NEWS – President Obama Proclaims Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments 

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