Bicentennial exhibit coming soon

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By Denise DuBois

Alabama has a rich history that is being told through an interactive traveling exhibit that is making its way around the state as part of Alabama’s Bicentennial. The 200-year history exhibit debuted in Montgomery in May and will be coming to Russell County in August. It will make its way through all 67 counties over 19 months. It showcases turning points in Alabama’s history.

“This exhibit is one of several projects planned for the period of the Alabama Bicentennial. In 2017, we initiated the Phenix City Story self-guided walking tour. We have almost completed a History of Russell County and Phenix City, which will be published in the spring of 2019. We have initiated a project to collect an oral history of the ‘Phenix City Story’ days and we plan to commission a statue of Albert Patterson seated on a bench that will allow visitors to sit next to the great man. Other projects and events are being discussed,” said Dr. David White, Troy University Vice Chancellor and co-chair of the local Bicentennial Committee.

The exhibit is planned for the the first few weeks of August at Fort Mitchell’s Historical Site and visitor’s center. There will be a ribbon cutting Aug. 3. The exhibit can be viewed at 561 Highway 165. It is free admission and open to the public. The traveling exhibit’s schedule is Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET, Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. ET and Sunday 12 p.m.–6 p.m. ET as well as Aug. 9 and Aug. 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. ET.

If you would like more information about this topic or how to arrange a field trip for your students, please contact Naomi Elliott at (706) 573-1016.

For more information about local Bicentennial projects and events, please call Alex Travis at (334) 448-5211 or email For more information on the Alabama Bicentennial, visit To learn more about this statewide exhibit and scheduling, visit