New 150th Anniversary City of Birmingham Display Up at Central Library
By Paul Boncella, Map Conservator| Southern History Department
Next time you visit the Central Library downtown, check out its new display on the first floor entrance paying tribute to the City of Birmingham's 150th birthday. The display contains vintage photos from the BPL Archives showcasing downtown Birmingham.
Birmingham was officially incorporated on December 19, 1871, and the City will be celebrating its 150th anniversary throughout the rest of 2021. The Birmingham Public Library officially celebrated the city's 150th anniversary by hosting its first three live programs in more than a year the weekend of June 4-6 - Bards & Brews, 2021 Summer Learning kickoff, and a Soulful Sundays concert.
The Magic City has seen many changes over the past century and a half, but some things have remained constant over time. Indeed, although the streetcar wires and the horse-drawn vehicles seen in old photographs are things of the past, many of the buildings seen in the background have endured into the present.
The display is intended to inform visitors of this milestone and to offer them a glimpse into Birmingham's past through vintage street scenes.
The Southern History Department is grateful to the BPL Archives Department for the loan of the photographs and to BPL graphic designer Lisa Mitchell for creating the signage.
Happy 150th Anniversary, Birmingham!