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Celebrating Black History: UA African American Heritage Tour

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TUSCALOOSA, AL - Dr. Jason Black and his students in the College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama, decided to put together a tour that highlights some of the benchmarks of African American history on campus.

Black said, "I think that if we dwell on that past and if we let the darker sides of the story go right? And drive the narrative then the darker sides of the story win."

The tour starts at Reese Phifer Hall, which was the former Student Union, and Black said the starting point for white student protests.  Just down the block the tour slips into a back corner near the President's Mansion and stops at the slave quarters.

The professor adds, "It's here. It ain't going anywhere. You can't hide the story. You can't erase this narrative and it stare you in the face, and yet it's hidden behind a wall and trees."

Further down University Boulevard the tour turns to Foster Auditorium where UA was officially desegregated in 1963.

A stop on the tour that many weren't familiar with is Nott Hall. Black said it use to be the Medical College on campus and in the basement he said there could have been a Eugenics lab.

"Eugenics as you may or may not know translates to eu, which is good, genetics which is genes, good genes. It was about controlling genetic population. Also justifying hierarchy's of race," the professor added.

The last stop hidden in plain site is the Slave Grave markers that were commemorated in 2004 for two slaves that worked on the schools grounds.\
Black added, "You know we have to understand the past and recognize it. There is nothing shameful about the past if we're cognizant of it and work from it."

During the month of February, Black offers the tour every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
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