City Committees

Local leaders in cities have created committees to work within their municipalities. These committees host events, work with their city schools, and try to better understand their own city’s history. Some cities are also sites of documented terrors lynchings and so, in partnership with EJI, are working to bring historical markers to these sites of terror.

If you are from one of the following cities and would like to join their coalition or are from a city not listed and would be interested in starting a coalition, email

The Bessemer Coalition for Black History is proud  to announce that we will have a soil collection ceremony at the Bessemer Hall of History on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 4:00PM. We would love to have you and members of your organization present at the event.

If you would like to participate in the planning process or donate materials, please complete this link.

The Crestwood/Forest Park/Avondale Social Justice Book Group met yesterday and concluded our discussion of Bryan Stevenson’s _Just Mercy_. We have chosen  Lillian Smith’s Strange Fruit as our next book, and we scheduled our next meeting for Monday, November 11th at 6:00pm at Birmingham Friends Meeting, 4413 5th Avenue South 35222. Everyone is welcome to participate!
_Strange Fruit_, Lillian Smith’s wildly controversial and best-selling 1944 novel, “captured with devastating accuracy the deep-seated racial conflicts of a tightly knit southern town. The book is as engrossing and incendiary now as the day it was written,” according to a review on Amazon. 4 paper copies are available through Jefferson County Libraries. There are a couple of recorded versions available–perhaps through interlibrary loan–might also be available through something like All You Can.
We will meet in the library at
Birmingham Friends Meeting (Quakers)
4413 5th Avenue South 35222
(just a few blocks east of Avondale Park)
Parking and entrance are at the rear of house.
Feel free to bring your own coffee or soft drinks. I’ll have some snacks on hand.
The Crestwood/Forest Park/Avondale Social Justice Book Group is an outreach effort of the Jefferson County Memorial Project.
Again, everyone is welcome!!

Crestwood has been hosting book discussions on the Cross and the Lynching Tree and Just Mercy. If you live in the Crestwood/Avondale/Forest Park area, reach out to Jane Hiles,, to get involved.

Irondale is working toward a soil collection and historical marker for William Wardley. Alex Melonas and Pastor Mike McClure lead the coalition. To get involved, email

The committee’s next meeting is at the Irondale Public Library on October 20th at 4pm.  

Homewood Committee is hosting several upcoming events and we hope you can join us:

  • Ambassador Training on Monday, 10/7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Reserve your spot here.
  • Working Group on Thursday, 10/24 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Homewood Libraru
  • “Understanding Empathy & Awareness Workshop” with T. Marie King on Monday, 10/28 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Homewood Library. Facebook event here.

The Emmit O’Neal Library will be joining the JCMP Book Discussion in November. Join thier conversation!

Wednesday, November 6th, 6pm, Just Mercy

Wednesday, December 4th, 6pm, Homegoing 

Saturday, January 25th, 2:30pm, Strange Fruit

Pratt City is working towards a historical marker to commemorate the victims of lynchings at Pratt Mines. 

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