Here we remember and honor those who have passed on from our community.
With heavy hearts, we hear of the news of Dr. Autherine Lucy Foster’s passing. She was the true embodiment of grace and compassion, as she returned to the University of Alabama to earn her degree and receive many accolades and honors over the years — most recently the renaming of the education building to Autherine Lucy Hall. We are indebted to her determination and drive, and will always remember her final public words on the UA campus: “If I am a master teacher, I hope I am teaching you that love will take care of everything in our world.” (Photo courtesy UA)
We are heartbroken at the loss of Bill Buchanan. As a team member of Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports, Bill served on the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History & Reconciliation Foundation board of directors. He brought enthusiasm, humor, and reverence and was always willing to serve. Bill often gave personal tours of the Civil Rights Trail and he created spectacular events and opportunities to help promote the Trail and the Foundation’s reconciliation work. With the amount of time Bill devoted to our organization, one would assume he was a full-time employee. But instead, he was a volunteer. We were just fortunate to be one of the many organizations that Bill supported and promoted. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Rev. T. W. Linton, a trailblazer in the local civil rights movement, passed away after living a life dedicated to equality and human decency. He was instrumental in the Ministerial Alliance and provided care and support during Autherine Lucy’s enrollment at The University of Alabama and the events of “Bloody Tuesday.” He will be missed. Rest In Peace.