faces of Fountain Heights

the first neighborhood in the crosshairs of Birmingham's civil rights movement is now blocked off by two of alabama's busiest interstates.

Hear the story. While you see you the faces.
Interviews with residents Aretha Shinnery, Lovejoy, and Essex. Additional audio from Blocked, documentary on Fountain Heights by UAB students, Susanna Swanson and Amber Pope, as well as WBHM interview with neighborhood president, Andre Brown, Losing History in One of Birmingham’s Oldest Neighborhoods

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Binary Responses. Infinite Possibilities. This concept for an interactive mural across from the McWane Science Center would allow participants to respond to weekly questions using a binary system of rotating billiard balls. Photos would be collected daily and displayed back to the community.

Visibility. Diversity. Accessibility. While the McWane Science Center and the Alabama Theatre are on the east border of Fountain Heights, both destinations are central to Birmingham's identity. Located at the old Five and Dime store, a historic marker for sit-ins during the Civil Rights movement, this interactive mural would provide a unique opportunity for communication between rich and poor, guests and residents, and everyone in between.

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