Linton's Barber and Beauty Shop
Updated Feb 22, 2024
In this public-private partnership, the city is collaborating with the Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History & Reconciliation Foundation to improve Linton's Barber Shop, a site of historical significance in Tuscaloosa on the Civil Rights Trail. A strategic plan and vision will be created for the site that will provide educational opportunities, enhance the Civil Rights Trail, and encourage meaningful connections and interaction in our community.
Linton's Barber Shop served as community gathering space and as a refuge for Autherine Lucy-Foster, the first African-American to attend the University of Alabama. Lucy-Foster was rushed away from the campus after protestors began throwing rotten food at her as she walked to class. Once she arrived at the barber shop, which also contained a beauty parlor, the beauticians cleaned Lucy-Foster and sheltered her until the protestors dissipated. Rev. Thomas Linton owned and operated the barber shop until his death in 2020. The City of Tuscaloosa acquired the property and its contents in 2021.
Goals and Impact
Preserve civil rights history
Promote educational opportunities
Encourage meaningful gatherings, collaboration, and interactions
Promote tourism at civil rights landmarks
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Key Milestones & Events
September 2022: categorization of historic artifacts from Linton's Barbershop completed
July 2023: CCR Architecture contracted for development of strategic plan
February 2024: historic artifacts from Linton's Barbershop donated to Tuscaloosa Civil Rights History & Reconciliation Foundation
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