Legacy: 1961 Corolla
Yearbooks are a wonderful way to measure the legacy of slavery and its destruction at the University.
In 1961, the Corolla featured images of the Round Hose, a Confederate battle flag, and an US flag as commentary on the centennial celebration of the American Civil War and resistance to desegregation. This yearbook appeared five years after mob violence contributing to the brief tenure of Autherine Lucy, and two years prior to the successful admission of Vivian Malone and James Hood following the stand in the schoolhouse door. This former Civil War headquarters of the enslaved drummers, Neal, Crawford, and Gabe, is transformed into a site of massive white resistance to desegregation and gains of the Civil Rights Movement.
In addition to the cover, the three images are featured on special sections of campus history contained on a folded page that connected the past with the 1961 campus. The volume also contained an interpretative introductory text and dedication that evoked Lost Cause ideology and promise of maintaining clear racial boundaries at the University of Alabama.
A pdf copy of the cover, introductory, text, and dedication is available here.