By Vicky Dean
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | 6:05 AM
The Alabama Tourism Department is recognizing 2010 as the Year of Alabama Small Towns and Downtowns. The Great Alabama Homecoming will take place in more than 200 Alabama towns and communities. All year long, there are many festivals, celebrations and events planned across the state of Alabama.
Haleyville’s event will happen in conjunction with Haleyville Alumni weekend, Saturday, June 5. It begins with the Homecoming Parade at 10:30 AM, followed by the Alumni Luncheon at Haleyville Elementary Cafetorium.
Everyone is invited for the unveiling of a new historical marker at The Downtown City Park at 2 PM. This will be followed by “An Historic Walk Down Main Street,” conducted by the Haleyville Historical Society and narrated by Jerry Jackson.
The "Walk" will stop at Haleyville Public Library for the unveiling of “Reforestation,” a reproduction of the mural painted on the Post Office Wall in 1940. Local artist, Robert Raburn, was commissioned by the Haleyville Historical Society to paint the picture from a copy located in the Smithsonian. The original was painted over during Urban Renewal of downtown Haleyville in the 1970s. The history of the picture is unique and will be revealed during the walk. Lemonade will be served.
Plan to attend Haleyville’s Alumni Day, Saturday, June 5, our Great Alabama Homecoming event, including the parade, luncheon, dedication of our new historical marker, historic walk and unveiling of the reproduction of the mural at the Library and refreshments. Reconnect with friends, family and our great state of Alabama. Check out http://greatalabamahomecoming/ for details of events in “Sweet Home Alabama” all year.