Archives to Host a Celebration of Black History Family Event on Saturday, February 11 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm


Press Release - For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Georgia Ann Hudson

(334) 353-3312 or



Montgomery, AL (02/02/2023) – On Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH) will host A Celebration of Black History family event. Admission is FREE.

The event will feature a museum scavenger hunt, crafts, book readings, and special presentations. Items and images from the Archives’ collections highlighting stories of Black resistance and perseverance from Alabama’s history will be on display. Recently digitized historical news footage from our WSFA-TV collection that captures scenes from African American life and history will stream throughout the day in the Milo B. Howard Auditorium. The Potz and Panz Food Truck will be on site with lunch available for purchase.

The following community partners will attend the event, spotlighting how they help preserve and share Black history in Alabama: Alabama League of Women Voters; Harper Councill Trenholm Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH); Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society; Freedom Rides Museum; Legendary Tours; Hiztorical Visions; Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum; and Thread My Needle.

Special Events Throughout the Day:

11:00 am - A reading of the children's book Martin's Big Words by Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed

1:00 pm - A second reading of Martin's Big Words by an ADAH staff member

2:00 pm - An Alabama Radio Moments presentation featuring Black radio pioneer Dr. Shelley Stewart. Known as one of the voices of the civil rights movement, Stewart will discuss his time at Birmingham’s WENN-AM. The program will be moderated by WSFA’s Rosanna Smith. Stewart’s presentation, part of a series sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance, accompanies ADAH’s temporary exhibit of the same name located on the second floor and on view through May 2023.  

For additional information, visit or email

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is the state’s government-records repository, a special-collections library and research facility, and home to the Museum of Alabama, the state history museum. It is located in downtown Montgomery, directly across Washington Avenue from the State Capitol. The Museum of Alabama is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. The EBSCO Research Room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 to 4:30. To learn more, visit or call (334) 242-4364.




Alabama Department of Archives & History

624 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36130

Back to Press Releases