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Alabama 200 exhibit a Pike County success

At dusk on Friday, “Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit “closed its doors at the Fine Arts Center on the campus of Pike County High School in Brundidge. The Alabama 200 exhibit opened on Monday, June 10 and ran for two weeks.

The exhibit was sponsored by the City of Brundidge and supported by the Brundidge Historical Society. In November, the “Making Alabama” exhibit will have “traveled” to all 67 Alabama counties. Brundidge was the host site for Pike County.

Linda Faust, City of Brundidge administrative assistant, and Lawrence Bowden, BHS president co-chaired the event with Bowden as event coordinator.

“The city’s presentation of ‘Making Alabama’ opened on Sunday, June 9 with a viewing and reception for elected officials from the municipalities and county,” Bowden said. “The City of Brundidge was very appreciative of the attendance of our local officials.”

The exhibit was open to the public on weekdays and 245 signed the register with no estimate of those who attended but did not sign.

“We want to thank all of those who came and made ‘Making Alabama’ a success,” Bowden said.

“Of course, the hope was for more people to take advantage of this opportunity to view this outstanding exhibit to learn more about the great state of Alabama. The City of Brundidge is to be commended for making Alabama’s Bicentennial exhibit available and to the Alabama Humanities Foundation for this celebration of our state 200 years in the making.”

Faust said, too, the Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit was a great success for Brundidge and all Pike County.

“Coordinating this event was a huge undertaking and could not have been possible without the assistance of a lot of people,” Faust said. “We would like to thank Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, and Willie Wright, PCHS principal, for use of the beautiful art building.  It was the perfect location to display the exhibit. 

“We also want to thank Lawrence Bowden, event coordinator, and members of the Brundidge Historical Society for their support in welcoming those who attended the event.  Putting this display together was a huge undertaking so we would also like to thank the employees from the City of Brundidge who worked together to make sure the display was ready to go on opening day. The City of Brundidge was proud to host this interesting and informative exhibit celebrating the rich history of Alabama.”