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Birmingham Black Barons

The Birmingham Black Barons, one of the most successful baseball teams in the Negro Leagues, played from the 1920s until the 1950s. The team played their home games at Rickwood Field. This database is a keyword index to articles that appeared in local newspapers, including The Birmingham News and the Birmingham World. The Government Documents Department of the Birmingham Public Library is compiling this database which is being updated regularly.


Did You Know?

In 1937, the East Lake Branch Library was chosen to house the acclaimed Storybook Mural by Birmingham artist Carrie Hill. It was commissioned by the Depression-era Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA paid for the time and work of the artist while the Library paid for the canvas and paint. Visit the Birmingham Public Library's website for more information about Carrie Hill's life and work.



Bards & Brews Returns Tonight at 6:30

The Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) popular Bards & Brews poetry performance and beer tasting series is scheduled tonight starting with live music at 6:30, call time at 7:00. Usually held the first Friday of each month, the April edition of Bards & Brews is being held on the second Friday since BPL was closed for Good Friday on April 6. Tonight's event will return to the slam format and will be held at the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place.

The slams are emceed by poetry slam events director Brian “Voice Porter” Hawkins. Hawkins has hosted On Stage at the Carver at the Carver Theater, the longest running poetry open mic in Birmingham (7 years running). He has hosted numerous additional events of this nature and has also performed his own works many times across the country. ...learn more

Responsibility by Mary Dillard
Responsibility by Mary Dillard

Four Decades: Photography from the University of Montevallo


Birmingham Public Library (BPL) presents a very special exhibition created by faculty and former students from the University of Montevallo’s College of Fine Arts. Four Decades: Photography From the University of Montevallo opens in the Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery of the Central Library on Tuesday, April 17, and runs through Friday, May 25. A reception for this exhibition will be held on Monday, April 30, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room adjacent to the Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public. ...learn more

The 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of the RMS Titanic

“It was sad when that great ship went down --
Husbands and wives
And children lost their lives.
It was sad when that great ship went down.”

This April marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, legendary among maritime disasters. There have been other shipwrecks with great loss of life, but the Titanic catastrophe continues to mesmerize the public a century after the headlines carried the news Titanic Sunk to an unbelieving and horrified world.

Many people know the basic facts about the event: the collision with an iceberg, the inadequate number of lifeboats, and the rescue of the survivors by the Carpathia. But here are some lesser-known facts about the Titanic and its doomed maiden voyage.
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April 13, 2012
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