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“Nineteenth Century City,” UA student video project (Taylor Segars)

I recently attended the lecture at the Jemison Mansion discussing the Druid City (Tuscaloosa), where a class of students showed the audience a 12 minute music video that they put together.  The music video was about the growth of the city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and also whether or not the students in the class grew up in a city or in the country.  Not surprisingly, most of the students in the class grew up in the city.  Following the lecture, there was a powerpoint presentation about how Tuscaloosa became the city it is today, and the excavation of historic sites.  The city of Tuscaloosa was the location of the state capital in Alabama from 1826 to 1846.  The state capital moved away to Montgomery following the 20 year stint in Tuscaloosa, and then the capital building was destroyed.  Many, many years later, the remnants of the capital building were found at Capital Park in Tuscaloosa.  The presentation was discussing the excavation of this historical building, and the speaker was actually one of the people who helped excavate the historic site. The only remaining part of the capital building was ruins of the first floor.  From a picture taken overhead, you could see four distinct separate offices from the old building.  There were several historic artifacts that were found during the uncovering of the ruins in Capital Park, and the artifacts were carefully uncovered. By discovering old monuments such as the former capital building in Tuscaloosa, historians can learn a lot about the past, and excavating these historic sites is a very important part of this learning process.