Birmingham Public Library's Art Gallery Highlights The
Ties That Bind Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM, AL -- Beginning August 1, 2002, the
Birmingham Public Library will proudly display “Common Bonds:
Birmingham 1900-1950”, in the 4th floor Art Gallery located at the
Central Library in downtown. This exhibition features hundreds of snapshot
photographs selected from local family albums and the library’s archival
collections. Made by residents of Birmingham when the portable camera was
a new and exciting way to record family life, these snapshots illustrate
the common interests and common bonds of people preserving their own
history through pictures.
Rather than focusing on issues that have divided
the people of Birmingham, this exhibition crosses boundaries of race,
gender, class, geography, and time to highlight the bonds shared by people
in these photographs. Visitors to
the exhibition will discover that they share many of these same bonds.
The photographs in this exhibition have been
selected from albums shared by Birmingham area families and from more than
400,000 images preserved in the Birmingham Public Library Archives. The
richness and variety of these images suggest how many more wait to be
discovered in the albums, drawers, and shoeboxes of local families.
This exhibition is not the completion of a project
but one step in an ongoing initiative to seek out, collect, and preserve
Birmingham snapshots. Anyone with images of the Birmingham area, from any
time period, is encouraged to participate. Photographs may be donated to the
Archives Department of the Birmingham Public Library or loaned for copying.
The Birmingham Public Library’s Art Gallery is free
and open to the public during regular operating hours. Patrons can get a
free guided tour of this exhibit every Thursday at noon. Tours meet in the
Art Gallery. Reservations are not required.
This project is cosponsored by the Alabama
Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for The
The Library thanks those individuals and
organizations who donated photographs included in this exhibit: Peacolia
Barge, Thomas and Jane Carmack, Maurine W. Childers, Arleen Clay, Linda
Cohen, Clyde Coker, Virginia H. Cornelius, Sharon Davis, Cynthia B.
Duckworth, Lillie M. H. Fincher, Bob Gerstley, Bezell and Gigi Gowdy,
Virginia Guthrie, John Henley, Alvin W. Hudson, Jane Keeton, Kinnis Kelly,
John London, Pam Lyons, Barbara Shores Martin, Terry Milholland, Rosa
Morgan, Stanley Moss, Samuel A. Rumore, St. John’s Episcopal Church
(Ensley), Melinda Shelton, Hazel Tynes, and Mamie Hicks Washington.
The Birmingham Public Library and its 20 branch
locations provide the public with the most current collections, as well as
providing the most comprehensive research tools in the state. The Birmingham
Public Library strives to inform visitors by hosting special programs year
round, such as Brown Bag Lunch series and Alabama Bound, as well as
children’s programs from toddlers to teenagers. These programs allow the
public to meet and greet guest lecturers, musicians, authors and publishers.
For more information regarding the Birmingham Public Library and a list of
exciting, upcoming events, please visit www.bplonline.org or call