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Random Shots: Looking in on Ensley

N.B. Due to amount of writing that I’m planning on doing the next few days; I’ll be changing the setup to show one post per page. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. The first post in the series on Chicago will be made late this evening.

Fall brings with it new beginnings for children attending school. It also seems to bring new beginnings in everything else in life. Those that have grown up in Birmingham know of the history and current state of the Ensley community, or do you? I’d like to post some images of things taking place in the Ensley and Tuxedo neighborhoods as we approach the beginnings of the school year.

Enjoy the images and look for a complete set later on today after I activate a link to the photo gallery.


A look into Cotton’s Outlet, the new Cotton’s Outlet that is. The Ensley staple is preparing to open an expanded outlet store at 405 19th Street Ensley beginning at 10 a.m. this Saturday, August 5. The store enjoys much more space than its former location. Those that are able to come out and take a look at what they have to offer.


A groundskeeper works on putting the finishing touches on the new playing field for a new P.D. Jackson-Olin High School. Today there were several workers on hand at the new building getting it ready for its first full day of operation on August 10 (next week).


This is the entrance to the new P.D. Jackson-Olin High School along Avenue F, Ensley. Workers were making final adjustments to the opening, which includes a statue of Dr. P.D. Jackson, currently hidden under a sheet. I’m assuming it will remain covered until the official dedication of the school. If it is dedicated on the first day of school, it will take place on August 10.


This mural was recently completed in McAlpine Park in Ensley. I wish I’d gotten some images of the children painting the piece last week. The images show the J-O High School Marching Band, the old Ensley street car and an area gospel choir. There was a blurb about the mural in the paper, however I cannot find it as of yet.

Let me know what you think.


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