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New exhibit highlights Birmingham's historic Black Business District

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The Vulcan Park and Museum is featuring an exhibit, "A Place of Our Own," showcasing how the historic Black Business District propelled the success of the civil rights movement in Birmingham.

The historic Fourth Avenue district was once a thriving area for black-owned businesses, particularly because most blacks weren't allowed in most white establishments.

The district was the birth place of small businesses, like "Talk of the Town" barber shop.

"This block, when I was a kid, was the only block that I could come on," Eugene Jones said. "I'm very proud to be a part of the Fourth Avenue, but this has been neglected through the years."

Jones says he blames Birmingham's black leaders for not doing enough to improve and preserve the Fourth Avenue Business District. He believes more attention needs to turn to renovating dilapidated buildings.

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