Among the primary goals of Red Mountain Park is to honor the significant contributions to Birmingham’s economic and cultural development made by iron and steel workers, their families, and the communities in which they lived. One means of accomplishing this is through the collection and presentation of oral histories.
Begun in 2009, the Red Mountain Park Oral History Project will be an ongoing effort to preserve, enrich and perpetuate the historical record of Birmingham and Red Mountain. The project is a collaborative effort with Rosie O’Beirne and the Digital Studies Department at the University of Alabama Birmingham and Birmingham-based photographer Melissa Springer, who has provided still photography for the project.
View a rough cut of some of the initial interviews. If you have a personal connection to mining on Red Mountain and a story to tell about it—or if you know someone who does—please contact us to arrange an interview.