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Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Malone Hood Plaza
 
Malone Hood Plaza Marker - South Face: The Autherine Lucy Clock Tower Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
1. Malone Hood Plaza Marker - South Face: The Autherine Lucy Clock Tower
 
Inscription. The Autherine Lucy Clock Tower is dedicated to the sacrifice and commitment of a courageous individual who took a stand for change at a crucial time in the history of The University of Alabama. The open arches, which mirror the architecture of Forster Auditorium, illustrate the opportunities that are available to individuals who have the courage and persistence to walk through the door.

The Malone-Hood Plaza is dedicated to the courage and values of those who bore the burden of the struggle. The University of Alabama honors their actions and the actions of all who work to break down barriers and over obstacles in the pursuit of education.

November 3, 2010
The University of Alabama

Vivian Malone stepped through the schoolhouse door on June 11, 1963. She became the University’s first African-American graduate on May 30, 1965, when she received a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration. She received and Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on August 12, 2000. Her sacrifice, courage and commitment to simple justice guaranteed educational opportunities for all students.

“There will come a day in your life when you must act for others… and you must be ready. You must be bold, have courage and walk through a door that leads to opportunity for others.” Vivian Malone

Autherine
 
Malone Hood Plaza Marker - East Face:  Vivian Malone Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
2. Malone Hood Plaza Marker - East Face: Vivian Malone
 
Lucy
became the first African-American student to enroll in The University of Alabama on February 3, 1956. Because of significant unrest on campus, her initial enrollment lasted only three days. She returned to the University in the 1980s, and earned a master’s degree in education on August 17, 1991. She is an enduring symbol of what one person acting with courage and commitment can accomplish.

“My response to fear is: do it anyway. Let nothing stop you. You have to push forward.” Autherine Lucy

James Hood officially desegregated The University of Alabama on June 11, 1963, when he walked into Foster Auditorium to enroll in classes. While he left the University before completing his undergraduate degree, he returned to campus and earned a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies on May 17, 1997. Because he believed in himself and in the power of his dreams, he opened the doors of opportunity for others.

“One person can make a difference if that one person is committed to making a difference.” James Hood
 
Erected 2010 by The University of Alabama.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers with Artwork marker series.
 
Location. 33° 12.492′ N, 87° 32.639′ 
 
Malone Hood Plaza Marker - North Face: Autherine Lucy Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
3. Malone Hood Plaza Marker - North Face: Autherine Lucy
 
W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 8th Street, on the right when traveling north on 6th Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located in front of the Foster Auditorium, Building # 7059 on the Campus of The University of Alabama. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35487, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site Of The Stand In The Schoolhouse Door / Foster Auditorium, 1939 (a few steps from this marker); Druid City Hospital School Of Nursing (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The President's Mansion (about 800 feet away); Sigma Alpha Epsilon (approx. 0.2 miles away); Denny Chimes (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Alabama (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kappa Delta (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Alabama Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
 
Also see . . .  Dedication of Malone-Hood Plaza & Autherine Lucy Clock Tower. (Submitted on November 13, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Malone Hood Plaza Marker -West Face: James Hood Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
4. Malone Hood Plaza Marker -West Face: James Hood
 
 
The Autherine Lucy Clock Tower Stands In The Center Of The Malone-Hood Plaza In Front Of Foster A Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
5. The Autherine Lucy Clock Tower Stands In The Center Of The Malone-Hood Plaza In Front Of Foster A
 
 
Autherine Lucy Clock Tower - South Face Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 12, 2010
6. Autherine Lucy Clock Tower - South Face
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 796 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 13, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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