Summersell Center Director Quoted in Recent Articles

Historical marker in Eutaw, AL

The Frances S. Summersell Center for the Study of the South Director, Dr. John Giggie, was quoted recently by both U.S. News and

Giggie added commentary to a story for U.S. News addressing a move by some leaders to include wayfinding aides to a proposed expansion of US Hwy 43 through Marengo and Greene Counties that would highlight the area’s important Civil Rights history as a way to boost tourism.

Map of Birmingham interviewed Giggie for context on the historical origins of the “redlining” practice in Birmingham and its legacy, which continues to keep homes in Birmingham’s historically black residential districts significantly undervalued when compared to comparable properties in other areas.