We'd like to welcome you to our new e-newsletter with some highlights from the recent celebration of the Lowndesboro Community Bicentennial Celebration which was held at our historic Lowndesboro School on Saturday, July 27, 2019.
This event would not have happened without the work of Gibbs Davis’ planning committee, the labor of our founder and president, Josephine Bolling McCall, and the dedication and commitment of so many in the Lowndesboro community.
The descendants of Dr. Mansfield Tyler came from all over the country, along with Lowndesboro School alumni and former teacher Lizzie Thomas and many community members.
Tyler, a formerly enslaved man, built the Lowndesboro School to educate his fellow freedmen. He also established two Baptist churches, the state Baptist conference, served as a Reconstruction-era state legislator and founded Selma University where he was a board member until his death in 1904.
By honoring the Lowndesboro School we are celebrating his legacy.
In honoring this extraordinary man, we honor his descendants who have continued his legacy of education and service to their community. We celebrate the strength, courage, and endurance of a man who overcame exceptional odds to become a pillar of his community and the state of Alabama.
The bicentennial celebration was exceptional in so many ways: renovations of the school were shown in all of their glory, with exhibits and artifacts from the era, as well as Lowndesboro alumni and a teacher. The community of Lowndesboro opened its doors to over 75 guests who visited historic sites throughout the community, including the church founded by Dr. Tyler.
As one Tyler family member said at the end, “This is the beginning of furthering our knowledge about this era and strengthening our community as we continue to honor the achievements of the past.”
Please enjoy the photos that accompany this email, and we hope you can join us to further renovate this important Alabama structure and advance our mission of improving the lives of residents of the Lowndes County community.
Thank you for letting us share this important day in the life of The Elmore Bolling Foundation!