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A Place of Our Own:
The Fourth Avenue District and the Rise of Birmingham’s Black Middle Class 

Vulcan Park and Museum on Friday will debut an exhibition on Birmingham's historic Fourth Avenue District, which was the centerpiece of the city's black business community under segregation. "A Place of Our Own: The Fourth Avenue District, Civil Rights, and the Rise of Birmingham's Black Middle Class" explores the district's role in the lives of men... Read More

La Storia: Birmingham's Italian Community

A vital link in Birmingham's history is being told at the city's most iconic landmark.

For an exhibition titled "La Storia," Birmingham residents of Italian heritage have ventured into their ancestors' past to relive a time of fierce struggle and unwavering hope, of generations holding on dearly to their faith and values, while overcoming poverty and discrimination... Read More

Beyond Barbecue and Baklava: Greek Immigration 

Though details may differ, the key points of Triantafillos Balabanos’s journey to Birmingham were like those experienced by other Greek immigrants to the city in the early 1900s. Balabanos began his journey in Tsitalia, a small village in Greece’s mountainous southern peninsula, then continued across the Aegean Sea to Piraeus, Greece’s main port, near Athens. There, Balabanos boarded a newly commissioned Greek passenger steamship, the Athinai, bound for New York Harbor... Read More

To appreciate how much the Greek community means to Birmingham, you could start with breakfast at Niki’s Weston on Finley Avenue. Or Demetri’s BBQ in Homewood.

Then you could have lunch at Ted’s Restaurant near UAB. Or Gus’s Hot Dogs in Mountain Brook.

After that, you could go out to dinner at the Fish Market on Southside. Or Zoe’s Kitchen at the Summit... Read More

Vulcanalia

Approximately 225 school children attended the Class on the Grass field trip program at Vulcan Park. The students represented Central Christian, Gibson Elementary, Princeton Elementary and North Roebuck Elementary Students who participated enjoyed a half day of outdoor fun and learning with Vulcan through a guided tour, outdoor activities and a performance of Vulcanalia, an outdoor children's dance piece performed by Alabama Ballet dancers in Birmingham, Ala... Read More

Vulcanalia

Approximately 225 school children attended the Class on the Grass field trip program at Vulcan Park. The students represented Central Christian, Gibson Elementary, Princeton Elementary and North Roebuck Elementary Students who participated enjoyed a half day of outdoor fun and learning with Vulcan through a guided tour, outdoor activities and a performance of Vulcanalia, an outdoor children's dance piece performed by Alabama Ballet dancers in Birmingham, Ala... Read More

A Place of Our Own:
The Fourth Avenue District and the Rise of Birmingham’s Black Middle Class 

Vulcan Park and Museum on Friday will debut an exhibition on Birmingham's historic Fourth Avenue District, which was the centerpiece of the city's black business community under segregation. "A Place of Our Own: The Fourth Avenue District, Civil Rights, and the Rise of Birmingham's Black Middle Class" explores the district's role in the lives of men... Read More

Beyond Barbecue and Baklava: Greek Immigration 

Though details may differ, the key points of Triantafillos Balabanos’s journey to Birmingham were like those experienced by other Greek immigrants to the city in the early 1900s. Balabanos began his journey in Tsitalia, a small village in Greece’s mountainous southern peninsula, then continued across the Aegean Sea to Piraeus, Greece’s main port, near Athens. There, Balabanos boarded a newly commissioned Greek passenger steamship, the Athinai, bound for New York Harbor... Read More