Events Related to Preservation Month

May is National Preservation Month!
Tuesday, May 10, 6:00- 8:00 pm – PBS Documentary “Freedom Riders”
Preview screening of the PBS/American Experience documentary Freedom Riders at the Anniston High School Auditorium, 1301 Woodstock Ave.  Free Admission. Sponsored by Solutia.
Thursday, May 12, 9 a.m. – Freedom Ride Mural and Historic Marker Unveiling
Unveiling of murals and signage about the Freedom Bus Rides at the historic Greyhound and Trailways bus station buildings.  (Greyhound -1031 Gurnee Ave; Trailways – 9th & Noble St.)
Sponsored by Spirit of Anniston.
Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. – Opening of “Courage Under Fire” Exhibition
Public opening and reception for the “Courage Under Fire” exhibition featuring images captured during the May 1961 Freedom Rides bus burnings in Anniston by Anniston Star photographer Joseph Postiglione. Public Library of Anniston-Calhoun County (108 E. 10 St.).  Admission Free.
Saturday, May 7, 9:30 – 10:30 am – The Bungalows of Birmingham
At Vulcan Park, lecture and discussion with author and restoration consultant Jane Powell. Sponsored by the Historic Norwood Neighborhood Association. For more information and tickets, visit 
Saturday, May 7, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Historic Norwood Hard Hat Tour II
Home tour celebrating 100 years of the Historic Norwood Neighborhood.  Visit homes restored and under restoration. Sponsored by the Norwood Neighborhood Association. Ticket and tour information available at    
Thursday, May 12, 5:30 – Downtown Birmingham Architecture Tour
Architectural walking tour of Birmingham’s historic commercial district led by architectural historians Alice Bowsher and Phillip Morris. Social following tour at the architectural studio of Jeremy Erdreich.  Reservations required. Sponsored by the Jr. Patrons of the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation.  For more information, e-mail
Saturdays, May 21 and 28, 8:00 am – 10:00 am – Walking Tours of the Historic Black Land Prairie
Guided walking tours of the historic Black Belt Black prairie area begin in late May and continue on Saturdays through mid-June, the peak bloom period for wildflowers.  Restoration and walking tours of the prairie are sponsored by the Black Belt Conservation and Research Institute, University of West Alabama.  For more information, contact the Center for the Study of the Black Belt at 205-652-3828 or
Friday, May 6, Noon – Church Street Graveyard Tour
Conducted by John Sledge, architectural historian and author.  Admission is free. Sponsored by the Mobile Historic Development Commission. For reservations, call 251-208-7281.
Wednesday, May 18, Noon – African American Heritage Trail Walking Tour
Stroll through downtown Mobile visiting eight key landmarks along the Trail.  Tour begins and concludes at Cathedral Square.  Admission is free.  Sponsored by the African American Heritage Trail and the Mobile Historic Development Commission. For more information, call 251-208-7281.
Tuesday, May 24, 5:30 p.m. – Old Shell Road Tour of Homes
Visit five homes along Old Shell Road: 1015, 1116, 1204, and 1250.  All homes have been stabilized by Restore Mobile and are for sale. Admission is free. Sponsored by Restore Mobile and the Mobile Historic Development Commission. For more information, call 251-208-7281.
Thursday, May 26, 5:30 p.m. – Doing Dauphin
An architectural walking tour of Mobile’s premier commercial thoroughfare conducted by Cart Blackwell, architectural historian. Tour begins at the Van Antwerp Building and concludes at Wintzell’s.  Admission is free.  Sponsored by Mobile Historic Development Commission.  For more information, call 251-208-7281.
Friday, May 20, 9:30 am – Freedom Rides Museum Opening
Opening of new Freedom Rides Museum at the former Greyhound Bus Station commemorating the Freedom Bus Rides of 1961.  Tours and book signing from 11:00 am – 4 pm on Friday and Saturday. Sponsored by the Alabama Historical Commission. For more information, visit
Saturday, May 7, 10:00 – 11:00 am – Civil War Walking Tour of Old Cahawba
Known as Alabama’s first state capitol, Cahwaba played a significant role in the Civil War. Guided tour the the Old Cahawba archeological site. For walking tour information, call 334-872-8058.

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