A once flourishing town in Alabama has been placed on an at risk list.
Wired PR News – A town in East Alabama that is regarded as a historical landmark is said to be on the verge of fading. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Hobson City, the oldest black city in Alabama, has been placed on the list of “Places in Peril” by the preservationist group the Alabama Historical Commission.
As noted by the AP, Hobson City has gone from a place that once flourished as a rare town run by African Americans during the Jim Crow era to a city now in ruins, that lacks a fire and police department, and is filled with empty homes and businesses.
Many are now seeking a means to ensure the survival of the town, which was incorporated in 1899. Robert J. Norrell, a University of Tennessee professor who has produced writings on race relations, is quoted in the report as stating of how the situation came to be, “There was a lot of dissatisfaction and alienation among blacks by the 1890s because of the refusal of whites in the South to allow them any real role in civic life… Together, these created a desire for separate municipalities.”
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