October 31, 2011

UAB Students and Faculty Join Local Historical Associations for a Ghostly Gathering

Birmingham's newest history museum, Birmingham History Center hosted a "Gathering of the Spirits" Friday night in collaboration with the Oak Hill Memorial Association.

Among the guests were:
  • Louise Wooster, (portrayed by veteran stage actress Beth McCord - seated front left) Birmingham's famous "Madame," infamous for her house of ill repute, is also remembered for nursing those sickened during the cholera epidemic of 1873
  • John Milner (portrayed by UAB grad student Jeff Hirschy - standing third from left), a railroad engineer who played a key role in the founding of Birmingham
  • Emma Hawes, (portrayed by UAB grad student Terri Hicks - standing, fourth from right) whose husband, in 1888, murdered her and their two daughters with a hatchet, creating a nationwide scandal
  • Early Birmingham entrepreneur Rosa Zinszer ; (portrayed by UAB's Professor Pam King - seated second from right)

On Saturday, Oak Hill Memorial Association hosted a guided walking tour of the historic cemetery. Members of OHMA portrayed some of Birmingham's famous and infamous characters and led visitors around for a tour that really brought our city's
history to "life."

For more information about the museum and to become a member of Birmingham History Center visit http://www.birminghamhistorycenter.org/

To learn more about Oak Hill Cemetery and the ways you can help preserve Birmingham's history, visit http://oakhill-birmingham.org/

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