On this day in Alabama history: Entrepreneur A.G. Gaston’s home was bombed

On this day in Alabama history: Entrepreneur A.G. Gaston’s home was bombed
Demopolis native A.G. Gaston (1892-1996) was a successful Birmingham businessman with a wide range of interests, including banking, construction, funeral services and real estate. Gaston was a key figure during the civil rights movement in Birmingham, supporting activists' efforts financially while receiving criticism for being an accommodationist. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Birmingham Public Library)

September 12, 1963

African-American entrepreneur A.G. Gaston’s home in Birmingham was bombed because of his support of the civil rights movement. A Demopolis native, Gaston rose from humble beginnings to build a $40 million business empire that included a bank, business college, construction company, motel, real estate business, insurance company, two cemeteries and two radio stations. Though he was not outspoken about civil rights, Gaston used his wealth to support equal treatment of blacks. He was inducted into the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame and his Gaston Motel was included as part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument created in 2017.

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