7 of the oldest congregations in Birmingham, across 6 major religions

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“My house shall be a house of prayer for all people.” Photo via Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Continuing Bham Now’s series of “Birmingham’s oldest” in celebration of the Magic City’s 150th birthday, we’re talking about the oldest houses of worship across six major world religions. Keep reading to learn more about Birmingham’s oldest faith centers and as part of it, the area’s religious history.

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5 of Birmingham’s oldest businesses you need to check out, including the oldest Black-owned biz

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Check out five more of Birmingham’s oldest establishments, including the peaceful Buddy Vines Fish Camp. Photo via Bham Now.

We’re back folks with another round of Birmingham’s oldest businesses. Keep reading to learn the fascinating, fun and funny history behind a few of your favorite Birmingham stores, businesses and companies.

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Want a history lesson? Here are 5 more of Birmingham’s oldest establishments

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Rickwood Field is the oldest baseball park in the US. Photo via Bham Now

We’re back with another roundup of five more of Birmingham’s oldest businesses, from a mattress store to an engineering firm. Keep reading to learn about the history of each business and how they have changed (and changed the Magic City) over the years.

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Jazz, Blues & Nightlife in Birmingham’s Tuxedo Junction

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The Bama Street Collegians led by Erskine Hawkins got their start performing at Tuxedo Junction before hitting it big in New York City. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Public Library.

The Magic City is home to countless cultural influences that contribute to our city’s vibrant culture. In the 1920s and 1930s, Tuxedo Junction stood within the Ensley neighborhood. Its dance halls brimmed with the latest jazz music and dances—including the Jive Dance which originated there.

By night it was the heart of the black community’s social paradise, and it will always be immortalized by Erskine Hawkins’ famous jazz tune “Tuxedo Junction”.

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Behind the scenes look at Birmingham’s Brown-Marx Building. Photos included!

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The Brown-Marx under construction in 1907. You can also see the Woodward Building, the old Metropolitan Hotel, and the Frank Nelson building.. Photo via Hahn’s Historic Birmingham on Facebook

The Brown-Marx Building is the last skyscraper on the Heaviest Corner on Earth to get a facelift—but renovations are on the horizon. Learn more about one of Birmingham’s oldest skyscrapers.

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