Montgomery City Hall Renovations Will Be On Display


By Lisa Blackwell

Montgomery's historic city hall will open it's doors to the public Wednesday.
The city is holding an open house that will give folks a chance to see and hear about the historical gems uncovered during renovations.

If you've never seen city hall or the renovated auditorium,now is your chance. The building is usually under tight security but tomorrow the whole place will be open to the public for walk throughs.
A piece of history is now a place to connect with history. Visitors to The newly renovated City Hall can see items from the past, like the time capsule from 75 years ago with original blue prints of city hall, a newspaper and old phone book.

Another cabinet contains paperwork from the Montgomery Improvement Association and returned checks with the signatures of ED Nixon and Martin Luther King.

Steve Jones, General Services Director For the City of Montgomery, says, "Rosa parks with her being arrested for non compliance during the bus boycott we got a lot of that original stuff on display and we think it's very important that we preserve that and share that with the citizens of Montgomery."
Richard Bailey and other historians will be giving presentations about city hall's historic past and show a ten minute documentary about Montgomery.
"You start talking about Hank Williams and some of the performances he did here, some of the other performances that were held here and you start talking about so many events that were held here, especially in addition to this being the heart of city government for Montgomery, so many things happened here and we plan to bring all of it back to life," said Bailey.
Visitors will get to walVisitors can walk through the old civic center balcony which is a part of the city hall auditorium. They will also get an up close look at a recently discovered 80 foot mural.
"I told the mayor if I had five dollars for everytime someone walked up those stairs and went "wow", I could retire tomorrow, so it's a very impressive item to see," said Jones.

You can be a part of history too. Wednesday night officials will re-dedicate the cornersone and insert items from 2012 into two copper boxes, the time capsule, that will be held there to be opened 75 years from now.
The Open House starts at 4 p.m.. Historians will give a presentation at 5 and the re-dedication of the cornerstone which will hold a new time capsule will conclude events.

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