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Shuttlesworth headstone dedicated at Oak Hill

close-up of Shuttlesworth headstone.Saturday morning, November 3, passed quietly for most of the city. While citizens were either recovering from Dia de los Muertos festivities or busy preparing for Christmas Village, Disney on Ice, and the Moss Rock Festival, Oak Hill Cemetery readied the grounds for the family of the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

The Civil Rights leader died on October 5, 2011 and was laid to rest October 24.

About a dozen people assembled at Shuttlesworth’s plot at the historic cemetery, honoring the late Reverend with a small service and monument unveiling just before lunch. His family was joined by Reverend Abraham Woods, Mayor William Bell, and City Councilor Lashunda Scales.

Rev. Woods led those in attendance in a dedication honoring Shuttlesworth’s service to the Civil Rights movement – one that included prayer and an invocation.

Family members and guests, including Mayor Bell, spoke afterwards.

The new headstone is black granite etched with the Reverend’s image and a scripture quote from Isaiah 26:3. His grave site faces 19th St. North and is across from the Sloss family plot.

Photo: Courtesy of Stuart Oates of Oak Hill Cemetery and Rebecca Dobrinski.

Turkey Creek gets an ecoscape


As promised in our post last week, the first of three ecoscapes developed by the Southern Environmental Center made its public debut on Saturday morning at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.

Features include the installation of natural “stairs” that lead down to the water from the ecoscape and access to an Eagle Scout Trail that runs alongside the creek. It doesn’t hurt that it provides a great view of the creek either. Something to check out if you’re up in the Pinson area.

Bike from Anniston to Smyrna

Map to State Line - PATH Foundation

Map to State Line from Smyrna. PATH Foundation.

It’s been getting tons of coverage for the last month, with yesterday’s post on YP Now’s blog being the most recent mention, and this weekend it becomes a reality. A 95-mile paved bike trail will officially become the nation’s longest when it’s officially completed this Saturday. For those of you in metro Atlanta who can’t resist the call of the bike (which would normally include me), there’s information on the PATH Foundation‘s website about all of the activities planned for the day.

UPDATE: Blaze is lighting up UAB’s campus


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The 3-ton, smoke-breathing statue of UAB’s mascot, Blaze, was unveiled Tuesday afternoon in front of the Bartow Arena. The 9 foot tall by 16 foot long, 7,000 pound smoke spewing statue created by artist T.J. Neil of Homosassa, FL. It cost approximately $30,000 was commissioned by the UAB National Alumni Society. UAB president Carol Garrison said the statue will breath smoke on special occasions, the first of which will be this weekend’s commencement (it starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday).

UPDATE: 5.1.2008; Click on the image above to view a few other images from the unveiling.