Huntsville-Madison Public Library Discovers History Through Photographs

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Downtown Huntsville once had a thriving black business district, so the Huntsville Madison County Public Library is piecing together that history through photographs.

What began as a Black History Month project has continued as the library told News 19 there is still much to discover.

The process involves superimposing a historic image onto an image of the current building. The goal is to help fill the knowledge gap about what Huntsville was like.

The library’s head of special collections told News 19 it’s a new way of approaching history.

“I think it’s nice to be able to look at pictures and walk down memory lane that way,” Adkins explained. “It’s one thing to walk down the street and see a historical marker for a historic black business and quite another thing to hold up a picture and say oh this is what it looked like and this is what doesn’t is no longer there. It’s a different way of piecing history together.

You can see the photos they have already found here.


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