The Veteran Memorial Fountains

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The Veteran Memorial Fountains is a beautiful park in Huntsville, Alabama. 

The flowing water symoolizes the blood which has been spilled defunding our nation’s freedom.  The Freedom Fountain reminds us that this is a living tribute to all veterans and gives the sense of life, liberty, and freedom springing forth from a grateful community.  (source: Memorial stone at the park)

Museums and Party Crashing

I was driving through Sylacauga, Alabama, and I saw a local museum that looked interesting.  The museum was free and had a mix of art and historical exhibits.

There was a family reunion in the event room at the museum.  I didn’t plan to crash a party that day, but the opportunity just presented itself, so I did it.

I ended up eating some of the best macaroni and cheese I have ever tasted.  I thought about sending a letter to the museum to tell the person that set up the party how much I loved that macaroni and cheese (singed by the party crasher).

Weeden House Museum – Huntsville, Alabama

I throughly enjoyed my visit to the Weeden House Museum.  There are a lot of interesting things to see and the tour guide did a fabulous job.

The Weeden House was built in 1819, by H.C. Bradford.  The intricate woodwork and the federal architectural style is stunning.  The Weeden family owned the home from 1845 to 1956.

Maria Howard Weeden (1846-1905) lived in this house her entire life.  She was a poet and an artist.  Maira was particularly interested in the lives of the black people she encountered on a regular basis.  She was bothered by the way they were treated and wanted to give them a voice in the world.

Maria Howard Weeden painted realistic portraits of the black people, instead of the cartoonish images that were popular during the Reconstruction period.

Maria also spent hours talking to the black people she painted, so she could learn their life stories.

Maria used poetry to expose the horrible circumstances of their lives.  The rhythm and cadence reflected the positive personalities of the people, in spite of their lifelong suffering.

Maria Howard Weeden was truly a woman ahead of her time.