Tonya Groomes’ relative was an Alabama man named Green Cottingham, who at age 22 was caught up in the convict lease system in 1908.
Richard Bailey serves on the Board of the Alabama Historical Association and conducts historical tours of Montgomery, Alabama.
PJ MacAlpine’s great-grandmother was enslaved in Forkland Green, Alabama by Jefferson Carruthers MacAlpine, a white plantation owner.
Noah Duffy and his friend Carey Fountain are Birmingham artists who founded the Black Cherry Tree Project, a community arts project.
Lyn Stafford’s memories of her childhood in segregated Margaret, Alabama, a small mining community, inspired her to write a book.
Lisa McNair is a sister of Denise McNair, one of the four little girls who were killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.
Kimberly McNair is a sister of Denise McNair, one of the four little girls who were killed in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.
Joi Brown is Jefferson County Memorial Project’s director. She researches and educates people about Jefferson County lynching victims.
Dorothy Tuck is a descendant of Susan Embry, one of six slaves owned by Elijah Embry in Talladega County, Alabama, in the early-to-mid 1800s.
Derryn Moten is chair and professor of history in the Department of History and Political Science at Alabama State University.