Smithfield

Smithfield (HMHXI)

Location: Birmingham, AL 35204 Jefferson County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 30.834', W 86° 50.19'

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Marker Front:
This residential area was carved from the Joseph Riley Smith plantation, a 600 acre antebellum farm, one of the largest in 19th century Jefferson County. Smithfield lies to the west of Birmingham's city center on the flat land & hills north of Village Creek & has the city's earliest & most substantial concentration of black, middle-class residences, small commercial enclaves & churches. The neighborhood illustrates the lifestyles of a wide spectrum of black Birmingham citizens in the early 20th century, & provides an exceptional view of the emergence of a black white-collar class in the city. Residential structures include a variety of industrial housing types, as well as examples of the fashionable styles built for community leaders

Marker Reverse:
Dr. A. M. Brown, Prof. A. H. Parker & Rev. R. T. Brown, & the fine work of black architect Wallace A Rayfield & black contractor T. C. Windham. First lots were sold in 1882 & land formally subdivided in 1886 with streets & avenues named for the Smith family. Physician - planter - entrepreneur Smith deeded lots to family members who built homes on the ridge to the north, later known as College Hills.The Smithfield & Joseph Riley Smith Historic Districts were entered into the National Register of Historic Places in October of 1985.Erected May 18, 1986 by the Birmingham Historical Society & The Smithfield Community.
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HM NumberHMHXI
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Year Placed1986
Placed ByAlabama Historical Commission, the Birmingham Historical Society, and the Smithfield Community
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 3:51am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 515184 N 3708272
Decimal Degrees33.51390000, -86.83650000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 30.834', W 86° 50.19'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 30' 50.04" N, 86° 50' 11.40" W
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Area Code(s)205, 256
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 11-13 8th Ave W, Birmingham AL 35204, US
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