AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[AL] Archives Ready for Grand Opening
The new wing of the Alabama Department of Archives & History has become home to some of the state's most prized possessions, including an original photo of Andrew Jackson and a Confederate battle flag from the ill-fated Picketts Charge at Gettysburg in 1863.
Some of the items on display in the new wing, which is ready for its grand opening after several years of construction, will be in public viewing areas and others stored away in a 60-degree, low-humidity storage vault.
Tucked away together in the vault are two of the state's most valuable documents -- the 1861 Confederate ordinance of secession and the trial transcript of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott case that ended segregated public transportation and propelled the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. onto the national stage.
The $18 million expansion of the 104-year-old state archives building includes a new research room and an expanded museum showcasing Alabama's history.