On December 13, 2019, the city of Tuscaloosa will mark its 200th birthday. The mission of Tuscaloosa 200 is to celebrate Tuscaloosa’s past and reflect on a better future for all citizens of Tuscaloosa. Beginning in December 2018, the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial will feature a lively, inclusive, 12-month calendar of events to entertain, educate, and engage people of all ages.

For the younger generations, wide-ranging projects will involve K-12 schools. Teachers will use curricula based on historical events in new, fresh ways, and competitions and exhibitions will give area students the opportunity to highlight their talents.

A Bicentennial smartphone app that takes participants on a historic driving and walking tour of Tuscaloosa will be an enduring legacy resource for visitors and home towners alike. The first-ever comprehensive history of Tuscaloosa will be featured in a coffee-table style book by acclaimed author Guy Hubbs, who has also written a companion book for young audiences.

Old Tavern - Downtown Tuscaloosa

Old Tavern - Downtown Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission

In 2016 The City of Tuscaloosa appointed Mr. Tim Parker, Jr., Mr. Harrison Taylor, and Dr. Cathy Randall as co-chairs of the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial Commission.  Under their leadership, hundreds of volunteers are working together to prepare for this historic year-long milestone.

Dara Longgrear: Nominating
Elizabeth McGiffert: Events
Pam Parker: Development
Kellee Reinhart: Marketing/Communications
Don Staley: Finance Chair

Robert Ennis: Legal
Kari Frederickson: Education
SarahElizabeth Heggem: Operations
Shelley Jones: Community Engagement

Mission Statement

Tuscaloosa Bicentennial’s mission is to commemorate Tuscaloosa’s 200 years of history and look forward toward a better future for all citizens of Tuscaloosa.

Check out Alabama’s Bicentennial website below: