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Painting of the site of the first Alabama Auburn game in Birmingham, Alabama.

Part 4: A Brief History of Birmingham, Alabama through Miriam’s Art

If you know anything about the history of Birmingham, you’ll understand the significance of this oil on linen painting of Miriam’s. Sports played a major role in the South after Reconstruction, and Birmingham in particular, establishing its cultural identity and sense of community after a civil war. Baseball was particularly influential with the forming of […]

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Painting of a garden by the viaduct in Birmingham Alabama

Part 3: A Brief History of Birmingham, Alabama through Miriam’s Art

History of Birmingham through Miriam’s art series continued… Viaducts, or long bridges with a series of arches, are significant features in the Birmingham cityscape. Many times Viaducts are built to carry railroads. Birmingham’s viaducts cross over railroads that cut through the southern part of the city and carry iron and steel from the furnaces that

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Sketch of Sloss Furnace

Part 2: A Brief History of Birmingham, Alabama through Miriam’s Art

In this series, we’re delving into Miriam’s art that portrays a significant slice of Birmingham, Alabama’s history—the city where Miriam dedicated most of her artistic career. [Read Part 1 here] Birmingham, Alabama, derived its name from Birmingham, England, a hub for iron and industry during the Industrial Revolution. The abundant iron ore in the Jones

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Painting of Cliff Road in Birmingham Alabama by Miriam McClung

Part 1: A Brief History of Birmingham, Alabama through Miriam’s Art

Miriam’s life and art career spans a large period of the city of Birmingham, Alabama’s history, as she painted in the city and surrounding villages her entire life. We will spend the next few weeks exploring one thread of Birmingham’s history through her art. Birmingham got its nickname, “The Magic City”, because of its rapid

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Meet a major influence on Miriam’s art

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we thought we should introduce Miriam’s mother, Ellen Maddox Jackson, and her impact on Miriam’s art. Ellen (b. 1904) was one of five siblings and grew up in a small town and farming community (Easonville) in central Alabama. Her brothers preferred hunting, fishing, and other popular outdoor sports, which Ellen

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"The Prodigal Son" By Miriam McClung

Seeing past the current events in Ukraine to a future of forgiveness

The events of the last few weeks in Ukraine have caused us to pause writing this newsletter several times, not knowing what to say, as we watched in shock then horror at Putin’s unjustified invasion and destruction of Ukraine unfold. It has become clear that one of Putin’s aims is to destroy the culture and

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