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Teacher seeks photos of city from 1960-present

Published 5:52pm Monday, September 9, 2013

A Benjamin Russell High School teacher is searching for photographs of Alexander City to complete a book.
Laura Scott Burroughs, journalism and media teacher at BRHS, is working to produce a pictorial history of Alexander City that will cover the decades from the 1960s to present. The book will pick up where Peggy Jackson Walls and Laura Dykes Oliver left off in their Images of America: Alexander City.
“This book will be called Modern Images of America: Alexander City, and will be the modern counterpart to Images of America,” Burroughs said.
Burroughs said she got interested in the project through Walls, who was her English teacher at BRHS.
“So far, I have had a lot of community leaders and private citizens contribute,” Burroughs said. “I am calling for photographs from anyone, because I want this to be as authentic a representation of the diverse landscape of our community as it can possibly be.”
Burroughs said anyone with photographs can submit them as a hard copy or digitally. Original photos will be returned.
While some people might already know of some possible photographs to submit, Burroughs said people may be surprised by what they can find digging through old albums.
“I want to encourage people to go through their photo albums and scrapbooks because you never know what kind of iconic treasures you might have,” Burroughs said.
Everything from social events, sports, community happenings and even things like family reunions at public places would be useful submissions, Burroughs said – “anything that is representative of a specific time period in our city’s history.”
All photographs must be in color.
All proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to the BRHS history department, which is assisting Burroughs in the project.
“Any person whose photographs are selected for inclusion in the book will receive photo credit,” Burroughs said.
To submit photos digitally, email them to or to contact Burroughs call 256-234-8611.