Wed, Oct 24 at 11:00am
B.B. Comer Memorial Library

B.B. Comer Library hosts the SouthFirst Bank Adult Lecture Series, “You Must Remember This” on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 with guest speaker, Jim Baggett – “It Came Like a Cyclone: Alabama and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.”  Refreshments will begin at 11:00 a.m. followed by the program at noon.

As World War One came to a close, tens of millions of people around the world contracted influenza and over fifty million people died in the worst pandemic in human history. Alabama was not spared the misery, and almost 150,000 Alabamians became ill in every part of the state. Thousands, including whole families, died from this deadly viral infection. Stores, theaters, fairs, schools, and even churches were closed to try and stop the spread of the disease. With not enough doctors or hospital beds to tend the sick, neighbors pulled together to care for one another.
In this talk, Birmingham Public Library Archivist, Jim Baggett, will explore the story of the great 1918 influenza outbreak in Alabama, placing our state’s experience into an international context. Baggett is the Head of the Department of Archives and Manuscripts at Birmingham Public Library. The lecture – a part of the 100 year commemoration of the pandemic – is sponsored by the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Auburn University.