2018 WZDX Hidden History Special

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Once again, WZDX is honoring the contributions of African Americans with our Hidden History project. This special program takes a look at events in Black History that are rarely discussed, but have an large impact on the lives of people in Alabama and around the United States. Scroll down for the full show.

Local Hidden History:

The Lowry House – This historic home was built in the mid-1800s by John Tate Lowry, a merchant with the firm of Lowry, Hamilton and Company. It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church – Founded in 1820, Saint Bartley is the oldest African-American congregation in the state of Alabama.

Watch our full show, featuring Hidden History from across the United States.

Here are the stories featured in our 2018 Hidden History Project:

The Lee Sisters – Seven sisters from Memphis gained national recognition as the “Most Arrested Civil Rights Family” in 1965. The Lee Sisters were arrested 17 times for taking part in protests throughout Memphis, but other family members were also present at the March on Washington, Selma, and the March Against Fear in Mississippi.

Harry & Harriette Moore – They’ve been called the first martyrs of the Civil Rights movement and were the first NAACP official to be murdered in the fight for equality.

The Lowry House – This historic home was built in the mid-1800s by John Tate Lowry, a merchant with the firm of Lowry, Hamilton and Company. It was also a stop on the Underground Railroad.

The Clotilda – The remains of what could be the last ship to bring slaves to the United States were recently uncovered in Mobile, Alabama.

The Amistad – La Amistad was a slave ship caught in the middle of an international controversy during the 1890’s. Now, that very ship is teaching future generations about the history of the Atlantic Slave trade and the revolt itself.

Porcher Taylor – General Porcher Taylor is one of the few living African Americans who fought in three major wars.

Gold Star Families of the Past – This is a story found in the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture. We often hear about Gold Star families in the news today, but there is little known about Gold Star families of the past. A curator for the museum will highlight one story.

Saint Bartley Primitive Baptist Church – Founded in 1820, Saint Bartley is the oldest African-American congregation in the state of Alabama.

Orange Mound community– It’s the first African-American neighborhood in the U.S. built by African Americans. Built on the grounds of an old plantation, the Orange Mound was the first ever of its kind – providing inexpensive housing options to the city’s African American residents.

Remembering Knoxville’s Past – The Beck Cultural Center in Knoxville, Tennessee has a very unique way of preserving history.

William Floorville – One of Abraham Lincoln’s best friends was a black man named William Floorville. He was Lincoln’s barber and a business partner.

Louisiana’s Jazz & Blues – The musical contributions of Louisiana’s African-American community play a rich part of United States history. Today, many Jazz and Dixieland musicians perform at Congo Square in Louis Armstrong park.

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