In This Week’s Rundown – Art, Black History Month, and Hall of Famers

As we conclude the first month of the year, Mobile has shown nothing but pure awesomeness. From the purchase of Brookley by the Bay to help in the improvement of the quality of life in our community, to taking Mardi Gras from the streets and into our homes and porches, Mobilians are never short of achievements and things to celebrate!

Have you heard about Mobile’s plans for a “Hall of Fame Courtyard” near the Mobile Convention Center and Cooper Riverside Park that will honor the five Mobilians inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame? The Courtyard will include life-sized bronze statues of Hall of Famers Henry “Hank” Aaron, Satchel Paige, Billy Williams, Ozzie Smith, and Willie Lee McCovey. Each statue will be mounted on pedestals near the entrance to the park and the display will include unoccupied pedestals for future Hall of Famers. These all-stars represent the best of our City, and through this display, they can continue to inspire new generations to strive for greatness in everything they do!

Hall of Fame Courtyard - Baseball Mobile AL Statues

Remember the downtown Mobile mural that includes a fire ant? Well, it’s been completed – Talk about FIRE! See that ‘little’ guy down in the bottom left? That’s because you’re looking at a mural that covers 3 stories of downtown Mobile buildings. That’s Andy Scott of New Hand Signs. He creates signs like they used to. Check out his work.

fire ant mural downtown Mobile Alabama - Andy Scott - New Hand Signs

This Week’s Events

1/16 – 9/5: Gordon Parks: Segregation Story In Mobile, 1956
Daily @ 10 am – 5 pm, Mobile Museum of Art
This exhibition of photographs documents the everyday activities and rituals of one extended black family, the Thorntons, in Mobile and Shady Grove, Alabama, during segregation.

1/29 – 2/7: Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru Mobile, AL
Thursdays to Sundays, Hank Aaron Stadium
Admission: $49-$69
Bring the whole family and travel back 60 million years to experience the prehistoric age and all of its dinosaurs through our Dinosaur Adventure Drive-Thru Event. Encounter a massive, 40-foot T-rex, confront a pack of wild Velociraptors, and much more! All from the safety of your own vehicle!

02/04: The Allman Betts Band
Thursday, Saenger Theatre, 6 South Joachim St., Mobile
Admission: $36+
Catch The Allman Betts Band in a rare, intimate setting, full band electric, up close & personal at the Mobile Saenger Theatre on February 4, 2021. After a successful year touring as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts, the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts joined forces to form Allman Betts Band. The ABB includes Devon Allman, Duane Betts, Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley), Johnny Stachela (slide guitar) and Devon Allman Project percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum.

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Busted in Mobile

Who said Eagle Scout ranks are just for boys? Meet Catie Simpson who just got busted for doing some great stuff in Mobile. She’s the first female Eagle Scout in the Mobile Area Council Boy Scouts of America. She is the 5th female to achieve the rank in Alabama!

Catie Simpson - Eagle Scout - Mobile Alabama

Simpson looks forward to being a role model for many young girls who will follow in her footsteps. Next year, ten to fifteen girls will become Eagle Scouts from our area. What an inspiring young girl, indeed!

Gear Up for February

The City of Mobile and specifically our Parks and Recreation Department will be celebrating Black History Month with a number of events, discussions, and presentations highlighting black history and culture. There will be a movie series with panel discussions, a special Black History Art Walk on Friday, Feb. 12, and several other events throughout the month. You can find a full list below.

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