This morning, we had a very successful event at the Madison Park Community Center for The Gathering Year project to help document that important community’s history in Montgomery County. Madison Park was founded by freed slaves in the late 1800s, and throughout the 20th century, this small African-American community situated between Montgomery and Wetumpka has produced generations of successful and important men and women. We had a steady stream of people to interview and photographs to scan. I was quite pleased to interview eight people in five separate sessions. Ultimately, all of the information, stories, and images collected in The Gathering Year will be accessible in an online database hosted by Auburn University.
I was proud to be included among a group of teachers and administrators who were invited to talk education with Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Alabama. Jones is running against former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore to fill the seat vacated by now-US Attorney General Jeff Sessions. I also spoke to the media after the meeting.
Prior to his candidacy, Jones was perhaps best known for re-opening the Sixteenth Street Church Bombing case and winning the convictions of two former Ku Klux Klansmen. The election is December 12.