Black History Month is an annual observance originating in the United States, where it is also known as African-American History Month. It has received official recognition from governments in the United States and Canada, and more recently has been observed in Ireland and the United Kingdom. It began as a way of remembering important people and events in the history of the African Diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, while in Ireland and the United Kingdom it is observed in October. For more information regarding Black History Month and its origins, click on this History Channel link:
Captain Dwight Smith was recognized as a Firefighter of the Month for November of 2023. He serves as Public Education Officer in the Community Risk Reduction Division. Recently, he was elected President of the Alabama Coalition of Community Risk Educators. Congratulations, Captain Smith! Thank you for kindly supporting Sand Town over the years!
This certificate from the City of Mobile was presented by Mobile City Council Vice President and District 7 Representative, Gina Gregory. Alonzo Yelling, President of Sand Town Community Action Group, received this certificate on behalf of the community. Congratulations Sand Town!
By ARTHUR L. MACK
The Sand Town Community Action Group will host its inaugural back-to-school and community event Saturday in which school supplies, backpacks and books will be given away.
The event, organized in conjunction with the Mobile County Health Department, Stand Up Mobile, Goodwill Gulf Coast and Mobile City Councilmember Gina Gregory, will be held at the Spring Hill Fire Station at 700 Museum Drive from 9 a.m. until noon. Health screenings for children and adults will also be available along with raffles, vendors and entertainment.
The Sand Town community is nestled within the Spring Hill area, near Municipal Park, and is considered one of the oldest African-American communities in Mobile, according to Alonzo Yelling III, president of the Sand Town Community Action Group. “According to the (U.S.) Census, we go back to at least 1845,” Yelling said. “It was always a very proud community and a very resourceful community. That doesn’t mean we were an affluent community but we were a resourceful community. We took care of each other.”
Yelling said the event will also honor Sand Town’s ancestors as well as give back to the community. “I’m an educator, so I know what it means for a student to not have,” he said. “Fortunately, most of our schools are able to provide materials for the students to use at school but that does not mean they have everything they need at home. We pooled resources, got some donations and we hope to serve at least 300 students.”
Even though the former City Council voted down the UDC Plan that included The Village of Spring Hill Overlay on October 19, 2021, it was up for a vote again on July 12, 2022.
You can read about Sand Town and early Spring Hill in a book authored by a son of Sand Town, Mr. Edward Croshon.
Published in the year 2000, "Yesteryear Miscellany", can be found in the Mobile Local History & Genealogy Library on Government Street.
An example of what's at stake when commercial developers encroach upon Sand Town's residential areas.
Many of you have seen the motion picture, "Red Tails", the story of the first African American military aviators that made their mark during World War II. However; did you know that one of those "Red Tails" was from Sand Town? Click below to read our story about this American hero!
Do you recognize any of these students who attended Spring Hill Colored School ? The photo is circa 1935. Please let us know!
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