Built in 1905 by the Acmar mining company, the civic center previously served as a church and the Alabama segregated community's junior high school for African Americans. The mining company built a separate school across the street in the 1930s. But the civic center continued as an additional educational space into the 1950s and providing trades education and a space for returning GIs from WWII to finish their education.
The Acmar Civic League is focused on saving the building and recreating the public space that once served the community. The state's Historic Trust says stabilizing the building is the first step in a plan to mark the site as an important historic community space for African American miners in Alabama.
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