Northeast Alabama Community College will host Alabama Justice: The Cases and Faces That Changed a Nation from January 21 through February 21. This exhibit tells the stories of eight Alabama-based, landmark US Supreme Court cases and profiles three US Supreme Court Justices from the state.
The cases highlighted in the exhibit will cover issues such as civil rights, equal protection, city zoning, and prayer in public schools. Included among these is Powell v. Alabama, a decision which sprang from the world famous Scottsboro Boys trial. These Alabama-based cases all had national implications on the interpretation of federal law.
The Alabama Supreme Court Justices discussed in Alabama Justice include John McKinley of Huntsville, John Archibald Campbell of Mobile, and Hugo Black of Ashland. The work of these Alabamians is still felt in the interpretation of American law today.
The exhibit was developed by Dr. Steven Brown, professor of political science at Auburn University and project scholar-consultant. It was developed by Dr. Brown and Backstory Educational Media and is sponsored by ALABAMA 200, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Alabama Humanities Foundation, and Auburn University, with support from the Alabama Bench and Bar Historical Society.
“Northeast Alabama Community College is honored to be one of the locations across the state selected to host the traveling exhibit,” notes Dr. Julia Everett, Head Librarian. “We believe it is part of the College’s mission to promote a better understanding of local history.”
The exhibit will be on display for public viewing from January 21 through February 21, 2020, in the Cecil B. Word Learning Resources Center’s Archives and Special Collections Room (Room 206). The Archives and Special Collections Room is open Monday-Thursday 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m. and Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon or other times by appointment.
For more information about the exhibit, contact Blake Wilhelm at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 256-228-6001 or 256-638-4418, extension 2288.
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