Brundidge previews bicentennial exhibit

Published 8:04 pm Monday, June 10, 2019

The City of Brundidge hosted a reception for the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s  “Making  Alabama” Bicentennial exhibit  Sunday afternoon at the Fine Arts Building at Pike County High School.

Pike County city and county officials were invited to preview the “Making Alabama:  A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit” and to enjoy a program of historical music and events that helped shaped state and local history.

Linda Faust, City of Brundidge administrative assistant and exhibit coordinator, said the reception was held as a way to bring awareness to the “Making Alabama” exhibit throughout the county.

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“Brundidge is honored to be the host city for the Alabama Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit, which is a countywide event,” Faust said. “The reception was an opportunity for city and county officials to view the exhibit so they would encourage others to take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the people and events that have shaped Alabama.”

On March 18, the exhibit began crisscrossing the state and, when it makes its final stop in November, it will have toured all 67 Alabama counties.”

Faust said Lenny Trawick, local singer/songwriter/musician entertained the invited guests with a selection of songs by Alabama artists including Lionel Richie and Hank Williams, Sr.

Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd welcomed the guests and expressed appreciation for their coming to learn more about the role Pike County has played in the state’s history and to say, “Happy Birthday, Alabama.”

“Dianne Smith, president of the Pike County Historical, Genealogical and Preservation Society, gave a very interesting and informative historical timeline for Pike County,” Faust said. “The Rev. Ed Shirley, Brundidge United Methodist Church, provided a history of the circuit riders and their quest to spread Christianity throughout the state.

Following the program, the guests were invited to enjoy a variety of refreshments and view the exhibits and explore the making of a state.

The “Making Alabama” exhibit is free and open to the public.

Members of the Brundidge Historical Society will serve as docents for the exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 11-14 and June 17-21. The exhibit will open other times by reservation. For reservations, call the Brundidge City Hall at 334-735-2385.