Friday, October 15, 2010

Birmingham Noir: A Nighttime Walking Tour of Notorious Downtown Historic Sites

Watts Building, 1888Watts Building, 3rd Ave. N., 1888. An advertising photo or citizens paying their respects at Birmingham madame Louise Wooster's funeral? Just one of the many mysteries of old Birmingham.

Murders. Mysteries. Fallen Women.

Just as the afternoon sun slips out of the downtown sky, like a platinum blond sliding into a black party dress, the night owls will gather at the library.

Get ready for Halloween by putting on your walking shoes and joining Birmingham Public Library Archivist Jim Baggett for the 4th annual Birmingham Noir tour of some of the Magic City's infamous historic sites. Visit the location of Birmingham's most famous brothel, spectacular 19th century murders, political intrigues, and the scandal that nearly destroyed Bull Connor's career.

Details
Central Library Atrium
Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30
5:45 p.m.

Admission is free but reservations are required. Each tour is limited to 25 people and spaces always fill quickly.

These 90 minute tours begin and end in the atrium of the downtown Birmingham Public Library. Free parking is available in the library lot on the corner of 22nd Street and Park Place.

To make reservations contact Jim Baggett, Head of Archives and Manuscripts, at 205-226-3631 (voice), 205-226-3633 (fax), or jbaggett@bham.lib.al.us.

photo courtesy of BPL's Digital Collections

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