Yesterday, Gwen and I went to Carnegie Visual Arts Center in Decatur, Alabama.
My favorite exhibit was “Safe” by Sarah Carlisle Towery. The colors in the painting are striking. You can see the deep emotions felt by the subject of the painting. I think it’s an excellent piece of art, and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to view it.
Nassau was my favorite place to visit while in The Bahamas. I wish I could have spent more time at this port. Oh well, I guess I will just have to go back for another visit.
Nassau is full of cute little shops. I felt like we went into a hundred different stores, but I enjoyed each one of them.
Malia and I went to the Nassau Library and Museum. The building was originally used as a jail, so the layout was rather unique. The one thing that really caught my attention was their card catalog system. I was completely enthralled and just stood there running my fingers along the wooden cabinet and the cards. I wish I had photos, but pictures were not allowed inside the building.
We also encountered statues and posters dedicated to the woman of The Bahamas. They were praised for their hard work and sacrifice during the nation’s difficult times. They were admired for their willingness to give of themselves in an effort to create a better life for all citizens.
I cannot talk about Nassau without mentioning the beaches and the beautiful ocean. The water was a clear blue and I could watch the fish as they swam near the docks. The fish I saw had yellow and black strips, so I called them bumblebee fish.
Reed Books is a bookstore owned by Jim Reed and is located in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. It is more than just an antique book store, it is also a museum of cultural artifacts.
When I first walked in the door, my jaw dropped and my eyes started to bulge out of my head. I was speechless.
I could spend an entire day at this bookstore. However, this is not a place I should be allowed to go unsupervised with a credit card. The results could be disastrous.
Vulcan Park is located at the top of a mountain in Birmingham, Alabama. It is home to the largest iron statue in the world, which locals like to call The Original Iron Man.
Visitors can take an elevator up to a walkway near the top of the statue. The view of Birmingham from there is breathtaking.
Vulcan Park also includes a museum that explains the role of iron production during the industrial revaluation and how Sloss Furnace (a facility that produced iron and steel) was responsible for the massive growth of the city of Birmingham.
Sloss Furnace began operation shortly after the Civil War and continued until 1970. It was a huge producer of iron and steel, which was used in buildings all over the United States. Sloss Furnace also provided the necessary material for weaponry during times of war and even produced common household products.
Sloss Furnace is also considered the most haunted place in Alabama. An untold number of men lost their lives at Sloss Furnace, due to the dangerous working conditions.
In the 1990’s, a foreman named James “Slag” Wormwood was in charge of the night operations at the furnace. In spite of limited visibility and extremely dangerous working conditions, Slag wanted his shift to produce at the highest level.
Slag refused to allow the men to have any breaks. He would push them to work beyond their limits and completely disregarded the safety of his crew. As a result, substantially more men were killed in workplace accidents whenever Slag was in charge.
Slag died one night when he “fell” into the largest furnace at the facility. The workers claimed Slag slipped off the walkway; however, Slag would have no reason to be on that walkway and the story was viewed with great suspension.
In spite of the lack of evidence, everyone believed the night crew murdered Slag by throwing him into the furnace.
Various people have claimed to see Slag haunting the area. He appeared to them as a badly burned man or as a man on fire. They said Slag would push them and yell for them to “Get back to work!” A few people that claimed to have seen Slag, also suffered severe burns when touched by him.
The hauntings at Sloss Furnace have been investigated by numerous paranormal investigative teams, including Ghost Adventurous, Ghost Hunters, and psychic investigators from AIRLINE.
The Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, is an amazing museum and educational center. As you view the exhibits, you can hear the personal stories of numerous people involved in the civil rights movement.
I was walking through the museum, and I was struck by the courage and solidarity of those fighting for equality. I was also struck by the ignorance and hatred of those fighting against equality.
If we are wrong, the Supreme Court is wrong.
If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong.
If we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Burritt on the Mountain is wonderful place to visit. It’s located on Monte Sano Mountain and it overlooks the city of Huntsville, Alabama.
The historic park is filled with homes, antiques, and a barnyard from the 19th century. Most of the homes are open, allowing visitors to freely explore. There are a lot of informational signs posted around the park, which is designed to educate visitors on how people lived during that time period.
The park even has play areas for children, so they can dress up as pioneers, pan for gold, or climb on carriages.
The Burritt Mansion is part of the park and is also open to visitors. Dr. William Henry Burritt built the mason in the 1930’s. Dr. Burritt was born in 1869, in Huntsville, Alabama. He worked as a homeopathic physician and he spent his retirement years at the mansion.
The mansion is gorgeous and was built with a variety of architectural styles, including classical, revival, federal, and art deco.
If you ever visit Huntsville, make sure to check out Burritt on the Mountain.