"Unchaining Alabama" exhibit opens at University of Alabama
The University of Alabama is set to open an exhibit on the school's involvement in slavery on the Tuscaloosa campus.The "Unchaining Alabama" exhibit opens Thursday evening at 5:30pm at the Gorgas Library. The display is based on work by a senior at Alabama, Benjamin Flax.Last year, Flax announced his plans to research the university's ties to antebellum slavery as part of an independent research project. His research includes 40 original documents, transcriptions and other research materials in his work.Alabama was founded in 1831, when slavery was the norm across the South. Other research revealed that two university presidents and some faculty members were slave-owners, and several of the oldest buildings on campus contain bricks made by slaves.A decade ago, the Faculty Senate apologized for the university's role in slavery.