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[AL] Black Belt treasures

Artists from throughout south Alabama displayed their creative talents Friday at the opening of a business launched to help the state's most economically depressed region.

Federal and state officials joined area leaders to cut a ribbon and commend those who came up with an idea they say can't miss.

"This is an example of taking what we have to make what we need," said state Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, at the opening of Black Belt Treasures. "What you see today didn't just come here. It's been here for a long time."

Started with federal and state assistance, the business in downtown Camden drew more than 200 residents from throughout the region. Some displayed their artwork. Others just stopped by to cheer those who did.

Once the program ended and visitors had a chance to tour the facility a block from the historic Wilcox County Courthouse, they stood in a long line to purchase everything from pottery to paintings.

U.S. Rep. Joe Bonner, R-Mobile, and State Auditor Kay Ivey -- both of whom grew up in Wilcox County -- were on hand to offer congratulations and predict success for the unique venture.

"Today is the reality of how much can be achieved when there is commitment and flexibility among partners," said Ivey.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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