Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church wins $150,000 Partners in Preservation grant

The 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed on Sunday, September 15, 1963.  Statuary is part of a memorial across the street in Kelly Ingram Park. Photo courtesy of REV Birmingham

After a month long campaign, Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church won $150,000 from the 2018 Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign. Finishing in the top 10 in a national online vote, the historic church will use the award to install protective glass on the outside of all the church’s recently-restored stained glass windows, as well as make repairs to the cupola and twin bell towers.

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Cast your vote now for the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church to win Partners in Preservation grant

Press conference held at the 16th Street Baptist Church, September 24, 2018 announcing the Lift Every Heart campaign. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Today, members of the  Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and community leaders throughout Birmingham  gathered  to announce the official launch of a month-long campaign to win national funding  supporting historic preservation restoration efforts at the church.

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Lift every voice! Learn how you can preserve Birmingham’s Sixteenth Street Baptist Church

Birmingham’s iconic 16th Street Baptist Church. Photo courtesy of Rev Birmingham

This morning, Sixteenth Street Baptist Church and community leaders throughout Birmingham will be announcing the launch of a month-long effort to win national funding to complete significant preservation efforts at the beloved and globally significant historic building.

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5 ways Birmingham Restaurant Week puts the magic in the Magic City food scene, including Harvest Brunch, food tours and more

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Get ready to eat. The ninth annual Birmingham Restaurant Week is happening Aug. 10 to 19, 2018. Hosted by REV Birmingham and presented by Regions Bank, the week celebrates the city’s acclaimed culinary culture. Here’s how this 10-day event helps put the magic in the Magic City food scene.

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Cahaba Brewing goes hyperlocal: 14 places to get the latest Proximity Series release

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Jimmy Witt of Witt Farms. Photo via REV Birmingham

When Cahaba Brewing premiered the first hyperlocal beer in its Proximity Series in June, it sold out in three hours. So long, strawberry blonde. I hardly knew ya. Hello, blackberry Dunkelweizen, the latest in the brewery’s collaboration with REV’s Urban Food ProjectContinue reading “Cahaba Brewing goes hyperlocal: 14 places to get the latest Proximity Series release”

Local entrepreneur opens commissary kitchen space in historic building downtown to lower barrier of entry for culinary startups

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Haden Smith at The Annex. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

When you start a food-based business, accessing or outfitting a commercial kitchen can be a big hurdle and huge expense. No one knows that better than local Birmingham entrepreneur Haden Smith. This July he founded The Annex to provide commercial kitchen space for rent to startup culinary businesses in the Tillman Levenson Annex building downtown.

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Watch history: The 2018 countdown and lighting of the new Alabama Theatre sign (video)

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Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now.

Last night, Bham Now and several hundred New Year’s Eve party-goers braved the bone-chilling cold weather to capture the historic lighting of the new Alabama Theatre sign on 18th Street in Birmingham’s Theater District.

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Birmingham Innovators: David Fleming, President and CEO of REV Birmingham

 

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Bham Now got the chance to sit down with one of Birmingham’s most influential innovators this week at REV Birmingham’s downtown office.  Read our interview with David Fleming who’s leading Birmingham’s urban revitalization!

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Woodlawn Street Market: A Look at the Locals Revitalizing Woodlawn

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Woodlawn Street Market returned for its third year this past Saturday and Birminghamians showed up in full force.  REV Birmingham and the Woodlawn Business association started this fun event as an opportunity for local merchants to meet their customers and showcase their products.  See what I found! Continue reading “Woodlawn Street Market: A Look at the Locals Revitalizing Woodlawn”