March 22, 2008 Meeting – “History of Avondale”

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (ex. Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library. Guests are encouraged to join us!

Next meeting: Saturday, March 22nd at 2 p.m.

Speaker: Catherine Browne, author

Program Topic: “History of Avondale”

Details: www.birminghamgenealogy.org or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

Please join us as Catherine Browne, a resident of Avondale for almost 50 years, discusses her recently published book, “A History of Avondale.” Avondale, once a city of its own, is now broken up into at least three Birmingham city neighborhoods – South Avondale, East Avondale and North Avondale. Mrs. Browne has been compiling data about the area along with that of the Forest Park neighborhood since the early 1970s while leading a committee to research listing Forest Park on the National Register of Historic Places. She has also written a history book about Forest Park in the early 1990s, but by then she also had substantial information on Avondale. The research yielded stories about mounds built by American Indians in what was then a rural area they referred to as King’s Spring and Big Spring – the area is near Sloss Furnace. Browne’s research unearthed stories about Avondale Mills, a school called Avondale School that served the black community of Taylor Hill, and Avondale Park, the site of the city’s zoo.

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