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Brookside in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church
 
Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church Marker (Side A) Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, June 5, 2011
1. Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church Marker (Side A)
 
Inscription. (side A)
Brookside's Unique Heritage
Originally settled by the Samuel and Mary “Polly” Fields family in the 1820s, Brookside enjoyed a quiet life as an agricultural community until industrialists discovered rich coal deposits here. Sloss-Sheffield Iron and Steel Company mined the area to produce its own coal for use in the blast furnaces located in Birmingham. Brookside's unique ethnic makeup, however, sets it apart from other similarly founded Alabama towns. While quite a variety of ethnic groups called Birmingham home, Slovaks were the dominant ethnic group in Brookside. Slovak immigrants left their homes in Nieletz, Saros, and other villages in the Austro-Hungarian Empire to settle in Brookside, Alabama, in the 1890s. By 1910, Slovak families constituted approximately 37% of Brookside's population. They established two churches, a school, and a social organization and firmly rooted their eastern European traditions in the fabric of Brookside's daily existence.

(side B)
Brookside Russian Orthodox Church
Brookside's Orthodox congregation established the first Russian Orthodox Church south of the Mason-Dixon line. Over the course of ten years, the Orthodox in Brookside built three temples. A tornado destroyed the first temple which was dedicated to Saint George. The
 
Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church Marker (Side B) Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, June 5, 2011
2. Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church Marker (Side B)
 
tornado's winds were so devastating that townspeople said hymnals hung from nearby trees. The second temple, dedicated to Saint Mary, burned in 1912. The present structure was built in 1916 and was dedicated to Saint Nicholas. Standard Byzantine style reflects the Eastern European roots of the church. The early congregation brought three bells and a Gospel Book from Russia and candelabras and a ceremonial knife from Kiev. Also in keeping with tradition, there are few pews, as congregants stand during service. The building was improved with exterior brick and interior paneling in the 1960s. Saint Nicholas cupola dome dominates Brookside's skyline. Regular services are still held in the small, but historically and religiously significant, temple.
 
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Brookside.
 
Location. 33° 38.23′ N, 86° 55.132′ W. Marker is in Brookside, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Park Avenue and Pastor Street, on the left when traveling south on Park Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 Pastor Street, Brookside AL 35036, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Downtown Graysville (approx. 3.2 miles away); Gardendale, Alabama (approx. 6.2 miles away); Virgil Allen Howard (approx. 6.2 miles away); Black Creek Park, Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership and the Fultondale Coke Oven Park (approx. 7 miles away); Historic Lakeview Cemetery (approx. 7.4 miles away); North Birmingham (approx. 8.3 miles away); Julius Ellsberry Memorial Park (approx. 8.5 miles away); Rev. Fred Shuttleworth Bethel Baptist Church (approx. 9 miles away).
 
Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, June 5, 2011
3. Brookside's Unique Heritage / Brookside Russian Orthodox Church Marker
 

 
Also see . . .
1. The History of Brookside, Alabama. (Submitted on June 7, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. (Submitted on June 22, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Brookside Russian Orthodox Church Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, June 5, 2011
4. Brookside Russian Orthodox Church
 
 
Brookside Russian Orthodox Church Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, June 5, 2011
5. Brookside Russian Orthodox Church
 
 
Brookside Russian Orthodox Church Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, June 5, 2011
6. Brookside Russian Orthodox Church
 
 
Homes along Pastor Street Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, June 5, 2011
7. Homes along Pastor Street
 
 
Main Street of old Brookside. Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, June 5, 2011
8. Main Street of old Brookside.
The business section of Brookside was severely damage by floods in 2005. Currently the town is in the process of being relocated further up the road.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 697 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on June 7, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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