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The Birmingham City Council will be sworn in Thursday, October 24, 2013, at 6PM at the historic Alabama Theatre.  This ceremony comes at the same time the city commemorates the City Council's 50th Anniversary.

According to a news release sent by Councilor Lashunda Scales, "it was on March 5, 1963 that the city of Birmingham held a municipal election to elect a mayor and nine council members to serve at-large which replaced the former Birmingham City Commission under former Commissioner Bull Conner. It was the first election to be held after the City of Birmingham adopted the Mayor-Council Act of 1955 as its form of government.
Meanwhile, in 1989 a lawsuit was brought by Russell Yarbrough (Yarbrough et al v. City of Birmingham), to change the 'at large' method of electing City Council members to district representatives  as a result of a court order."
After the swearing in, the 50th Anniversary Music Festival will be held at RailRoad Park. Both events are free and open to the general public.
Ceremonial Swearing-In
Date:           Thursday, October 24, 2013
Reception:   5 p.m.
Event Time:  6 p.m.
Place:          Alabama Theatre - 1817 3rd Avenue North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203
50th Anniversary Music Festival  
Date:           Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time:           6 p.m. / MAIN EVENT - 7p.m.
Place:          RailRoad Park - 1600 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, Alabama 35203


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