Monday, July 7, 2008

Foster Auditorium

This is Foster Auditorium on the campus of the University of Alabama, built in 1939 and named for Richard Clarke Foster, UA President from 1937-1941. It was the scene of the "stand in the schoolhouse door" by Governor George Wallace during the Civil Rights Era, forty-five years ago, June 11, 1943. Not one of our prouder moments in history, but worthy of note, nonetheless. In his later years, George Wallace repented of his segregationist ways and asked people to forgive him.

Over the years it has been a venue for basketball, women's sports, graduations, registration, lectures and concerts. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 2005.
It is in bad repair and is currently unusable by the university. I believe money is being raised to renovate and preserve it.

1 comment:

Rambling Round said...

So this was the place! Great info about its history.