Events and Programs
The Historic Mobile Preservation Society works year-round to provide educational opportunities, as well as fun and engaging programs for the community and visitors of Mobile. Tickets to select events may be purchased in advance.
American Sentinel on the Mobile River, 1799-1814
Lecture By Mike Bunn
For nearly a decade and a half, Fort Stoddert stood as a physical manifestation of American efforts to establish control of a pivotal frontier region. Located on the banks of the Mobile River some thirty miles north of the city of Mobile near what was at the time the boundary between the United States and Spanish West Florida, the outpost was constructed in 1799 but abandoned shortly after the Creek War of 1813-14. During its short life, the post became a hub for a number of events which figured prominently in the story of southwest Alabama’s early American history. It stood as a center for governmental administration of a newly-acquired region; a nerve center for international diplomacy; a vital link in a nascent cross-country transportation and communication network; a beachhead for American settlement and expansion in the region in which it lay; and an anchor point in plans for defense of the large swath of the Mississippi Territory it served. Despite this incredible legacy, until now no history of the fort has ever been written. This book attempts to use Fort Stoddert and the events in which it played a major role as a lens through which to tell the story of a consequential epoch of development and organization of one of Alabama’s oldest American-controlled areas.
Mike Bunn will be speaking about Fort Stoddert at the Historic Oakleigh House on Thursday, February 15th, 2024 at 6pm. Tickets on sale now. HMPS members can attend for free.
Equality in Jury Service
Dr. Jennifer Brinkley
March 21, 2024
Dorothy Kenyon & Pauli Murray: Their Quest for Equality in Jury Service
Dorothy Kenyon and Pauli Murray chose to be lawyers at a time when the profession was less than excited about female advocates. They served on the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) national board together and formed a friendship and working relationship that would last until Dorothy's death in 1972. In 1966, Kenyon and Murray co-authored the ACLU's brief for White v. Crook where they successfully challenged an Alabama statute restricting jury service only to white males. They encouraged the creation of the ACLU Women's Rights Project, which would soon have Professor Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the helm. This presentation will give a brief history of the life and activism of Dorothy Kenyon and Pauli Murray and the history of sex and jury service.
Jennifer L. Brinkley, an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, has a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law, practiced law and taught at both the University of Colorado at Denver and at Western Kentucky University before joining UWF in 2019. She teaches courses on women and the law, criminal procedure, evidence, legal research and writing, family law, law and society, among others.
Brinkley’s research focuses on women and the law issues.