HOT BLAST: An app for Alabama's (and Anniston's) civil rights history
Apr 15, 2013 | 2511 views |  0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If you enjoy studying the civil rights history of our state, then the Alabama Tourism Department (pardon the pun) has an app for that -- and Anniston is featured, as you'd expect.

The smartphone app, which can be downloaded for free from Apple's iTunes, features three parts -- one on people, one on cities, and a third on a timeline. Loaded with photographs, the different sections allow you to research or learn in a variety of ways.

For instance, click on "Anniston" -- which is listed as a "site of tension and triumph" -- and you get a modern-day view of Noble Street and a brief explanation of the city's civil rights history. From there, you can click on "places to go," "historic events," "photo gallery" and "people." Almost all of the information is related to the Freedom Riders attack in May 1961. (Other cities, such as Birmingham, have a much larger list of events and data.)

Under people, the app lists five men for Anniston: Willie Brewster, the Rev. Phil Noble, the Rev. N.Q. Reynolds, Miller Sproull and Hubert Damon Strange.

Know-it-alls about Anniston history won't learn much from the app. But for those not so informed, it's a well-done app -- and it's free. Can't beat that.

-- Phillip Tutor

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