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Brundidge to host ‘Making Alabama’ bicentennial exhibit

Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit is coming to Brundidge.

The exhibit, presented by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, tells the larger than life story of Alabama’s 200 years in the making and will be available for viewing at the Arts Center at Pike County High School for two weeks in June.

A group of forerunners from the City of Brundidge and the Brundidge Historical Society traveled to Selma Thursday to learn how to assemble and display the exhibit and learn more about the role they will play as docents.

Linda Faust, City of Brundidge administrative assistant, said City Manager Britt Thomas received information about the traveling exhibit and submitted an application to have the exhibit come to Brundidge.

The exhibit will be displayed in each county in the state at some point during the three-year celebration of Alabama’s Bicentennial- 2017, 2018 and 2019.

“Brundidge is very fortunate, very honored to have been chosen as a site for Making Alabama: A Bicentennial Traveling Exhibit,” Foust said. “Our residents and those throughout the county will have an opportunity to view this amazing exhibit and learn more about this great state of ours.”

Lawrence Bowden, BHS president, said about 10 counties participated in Thursday’s training session in Selma.

“I was proud that we were included in the training session and that we had good participation,” Bowden said. “There is much more to bringing the Making Alabama exhibit to a city than I had imagined. The exhibit is delivered in big wooden crates. The exhibit has to be unloaded and assembled and that is no easy task. Having an opportunity to participate in the training was a good learning experience.”

Bowden said he is also proud the City of Brundidge included the BHS in the opportunity to bring such an outstanding and important exhibit to Brundidge.

“We are proud and excited to be a part of it and appreciate the efforts of the City of Brundidge to bring it to our town,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for our town and all Pike County. I hope people will take advantage of this opportunity to visit the exhibit because, as the Alabama Humanities Foundation reminds us, we all belong to Alabama’s 200-year story.”