"A. G. Gaston Motel, Birmingham's Most Comfortable Relaxing Center," Birmingham, Alabama, 1954

Summary

A. G. Gaston founded this motel in 1954 to provide African-American travelers a place to stay while in Birmingham, Alabama. Modeled after the groundbreaking Holiday Inns that had recently opened in Memphis, Tennessee, this motel included 32 rooms, each with their own air-conditioning and telephone. In 1963, the motel became the epicenter of Birmingham's Civil Rights protests and demonstrations.

A. G. Gaston founded this motel in 1954 to provide African-American travelers a place to stay while in Birmingham, Alabama. Modeled after the groundbreaking Holiday Inns that had recently opened in Memphis, Tennessee, this motel included 32 rooms, each with their own air-conditioning and telephone. In 1963, the motel became the epicenter of Birmingham's Civil Rights protests and demonstrations.

Artifact

Viewbook

Date Made

1954

Subject Date

1954

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2011.223.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Photomechanical processes

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 3.5 in  (13.875" when fully opened)

Width: 5.5 in

Inscriptions

Text under image on front: A.G. Gaston Motel... Birmingham’s most comfortable relaxing center / On address side flap: The / A.G. / GASTON / MOTEL / The nation’s Newest & Finest Motel / 1510 FIFTH AVENUE NORTH / BIRMINGHAM 2, ALABAMA

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