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About the Project

What is the Rosedale Memory Project?

The Rosedale Memory Project is an academic initiative to collect, document and preserve the communal history of Rosedale, Alabama. 

A historically African-American neighborhood, Rosedale existed as a thriving epicenter of black culture and life on the outskirts of Birmingham. The Rosedale Memory Project holds oral histories, artifacts, and photographs directly provided by long-time residents of the community, also known as "Rosedaleans." Items include recorded histories of individuals describing childhood memories, church activities, and experiences within the Rosedale School, collected photographs depicting family events, neighborhood homes and church gatherings, and numerous artifacts such as land deeds, newspaper clippings and obituaries. 

As a black neighborhood in segregated Birmingham, Rosedale was often intentionally left out of historical narratives. After incorporating into the Homewood municipality in 1926, neighborhood histories of Homewood emphasized the successes and trials of the white population, often neglecting the activities of the Rosedale community. 

Now over 100 years old, the neighborhood's history has gone digital. The Rosedale Memory Project provides an archival and interpretative resource for academic research on the Rosedale neighborhood, in addition to providing a historical narrative of the community's development from the late 1880's to the present day. 

The Rosedale Memory Project is always growing; if you have something to contribute or share with us, please visit the "Contribute an Item" page and write us a note in the story space, submit an item for inclusion in the archive or share a memory of Rosedale. 

Additional Resources for Researchers:




Oral Histories/ Radio:

Vulcan Park & Museum, Rosedale Exhibit

Rosedale Application for National Register of Historic Places: