39 local citizens are given Birmingham’s most prestigious honor as part of the “Gallery of Distinguished Citizens”
The film industry honors stellar acting performances with Oscars. The music industry’s most significant award is a Grammy. The Birmingham City Council’s most important honor is induction into the Gallery of Distinguished Citizens. Consider it a citizen’s Hall of Fame. 39 inductees are now part of the gallery that was created in 1978. The first recipients were A.G. Gaston and his wife Minnie. Over the years it has become a very diverse group, including William Spencer who contributed to the beauty of Birmingham by donating money and works of art to the Birmingham museum. Also included is civil rights leader Abraham Lincoln Woods Jr., who helped coordinate the 1963 March on Washington and stood behind Martin Luther King Jr. during his historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Another example is Vincent Townsend of The Birmingham News. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes to promote better interracial relations, the growth of Birmingham and a better quality of life for all its citizens. The physical gallery is located on the second floor of city hall, 710 20th St. N. in Birmingham, but now with just a click of the mouse you can learn more about the fascinating backgrounds of Birmingham’s finest. For more information about everything the Birmingham City Council is doing visit www.birminghamalcitycouncil.org.