1999 Documentary Traces Alabama’s Black Belt History

Called the Black Belt because of its rich, dark soil, the area of Alabama traversed by Highway 80 on its route across the southern U.S. was the staging ground for some of Alabama’s most significant moments in history. It was here that cotton plantations flourished, the Confederacy was born, and civil rights were won.

Alabama Detour: Birmingham Photographer Larry O. Gay

Photography is more than a hobby for Larry O. Gay. It’s a passion; the way he celebrates life. He works in a Birmingham, Alabama steel mill but in his spare time he hits the streets in search of interesting images. His lens captures the beauty in ordinary things that people pass by every day without noticing.

The Coon Dog Cemetery in Colbert County, AL

The Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard is located in Colbert County in northwest Alabama. The location had been a hunting camp for coon hunters before Key Underwood buried his beloved dog Troop there in 1937. Other hunters started doing the same when their favorite coon dogs died. Today more than 185 coon dogs from… Read more »

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  • The Mulligan Brothers – “Cecilia” at the Dinah Washington Center

    The Mulligan Brothers perform “Cecilia” from their album, “The Mulligan Brothers” at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Their name comes from a golfing term for a second chance. Band members include Ross Newell, Gram Rea, Ben Leininger and Greg DeLuca.

  • Change Agents – The Blackburn Institute Story

    The legacy of a University of Alabama educator who inspired his students to work toward improving their communities is the subject of a thirty-minute documentary from the University of Alabama Center for Public Television. Dr. John L. Blackburn was a long-time professor and student affairs administrator at the university.

  • UA Provides Communications Training for Olympic Athletes

    Olympic stars can now learn how to promote their brand with a free online class offered by the University of Alabama.

    With the click of the mouse, thousands of Olympians headed to Rio now have free access to learn how to promote and protect their brand.

  • Alabama Detour: The Historic Gaineswood Mansion in Demopolis, AL

    A National Historic Landmark, Gaineswood was built by Nathan Bryan Whitfield. A cotton planter and Renaissance man of his time, Whitfield moved from North Carolina to Marengo County in 1834. The house and grounds are currently operated by the Alabama Historical Commission as a historic house museum.

  • 1996 Documentary Tells Amazing Story of Kudzu

    In “The Amazing Story of Kudzu” you’ll learn about kudzu’s colorful past, present and future. Travel from Chipley, Florida — where Glen Arden Nursery sold kudzu plants through the mail in the 1920s — to Covington, Georgia — where Channing Cope crowned kudzu “king” in the 1940s. Meet a 93 year old man who supervised Civilian Conservation Corps workers as they…

  • The Box Collects Stories for Smithsonian Exhibit

    The University of Alabama Center for Public Television is collecting stories from local athletes and sports fans in cities across Alabama for a traveling Smithsonian exhibition. Participants share their stories in a recording booth known as The Box. “It’s similar to a photo booth, and is equipped with high-tech video and sound recorders and offers… Read more »