Compiled by Haley Wilson
We asked Birmingham-area residents, What’s special about the place you grew up?
BREANNA PAIGE: “I’m from Birmingham and I would say the history. As most people know Birmingham has an extensive Civil Rights history. . . I remember going to the Civil Rights Institute and learning the history, attending services at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church [where the four little girls where bombed]. It all is meaningful.”
RACHAEL MOORE: “I’m from Birmingham…born in the Crestwood community. I would say that the city has an interesting appeal and . . . culturally aware . . . I can’t wait to see the things in the future for the city.”
RAQUEMA WILLIAMS: “I’m from Jackson, Mississippi and it was special going as a little girl to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. I love science [which] inspired my ambitions today as a grad student in physics at UAB.”
MEREDITH MOONEY: “I’m from Wilsonville, Alabama which is a small town close to Shelby County. What was special to me was the closeness of everybody. It was a small town, so everyone knew everyone, and we all really looked out for each other.”