Tuscaloosa in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Malone Hood Plaza
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 overcome 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 an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters on August 12, 2000. Her sacrifice, courage and commitment to simple justice guaranteed educational opportunities for all students.
Autherine 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
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education • Women. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1873.
Location. 33° 12.492′ N, 87° 32.639′ 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. Marker is located in front of the Foster Auditorium, Building # 7059 on the Campus of The University of Alabama. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscaloosa AL 35487, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. ¼ mile away); University of Alabama Civil War Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 13, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,449 times since then and 57 times this year. 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.