Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society Awards Ceremony Set for Thursday

On Aug. 15, The Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society Annual Awards Recognition Ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Jemison Van De Graaff Mansion. Four local residents will be honored for their dedicated work toward helping the Society accomplish its goal of offering residents and visitors a look at Tuscaloosa’s history through local architecture.

Garland Brazil will be awarded the Preservation Society’s Brick and Mortar Award. Brazil is a junior honor roll student at Northridge High. While working toward his Eagle Scout badge and remaining a member of the baseball teams at both Northridge High and American Legion Post 34, he took on and completed the construction of the privacy fence long needed behind the Battle-Friedman Home.

The Donor of the Year Award will be posthumously given to the late Jean Gordon, who was a beloved kindergarten teacher at Woodland Forrest Elementary School for many years. Active in many local organizations, Gordon was a long-time active member of the Preservation Society.

Celeste Burnum will receive the Preservation Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Burnum has been an active participant in Preservation activities for over 30 years. She has been involved as a volunteer at both the Jemison Mansion and at the Battle-Friedman Home, where she planned and maintained the Home’s gardens. In addition, as an active volunteer, she has served on many committees at both homes.

Brock Jones, the past president of the Preservation Society, will be honored as Volunteer of the Year. In addition to his responsibilities as president, Jones has been responsible for the Preservation Society’s annual “Rambles.”  These Rambles provide participants an opportunity to visit and observe the architecture and décor of early buildings and homes in varied, usually Southern, locations.

The Tuscaloosa Preservation Society maintains four structures – each of which are unique and provide a look at Tuscaloosa through a different time frame.

For more information about the Preservation Society and the Awards Reception, please call (205) 758-2238.



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