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Florence H. Young
(Montgomery, AL)

Garland Cook Smith
Vice President
(Birmingham, AL)

Howard C. Oliver
(Minter, AL)

Ralph N. Hobbs
Immediate Past President 
(Selma, AL)

Olivia E. Alison
(Birmingham, AL)
Gerald A. Anderson II
(Selma, AL)
Cartledge W. Blackwell III
(Mobile, AL)
Anne C. Dalton 
(Clanton, AL)
Linda K. Derry, ex officio
(Selma, AL)
Fournier J. "Boots" Gale III
(Birmingham, AL) 
W. Bibb Lamar Jr. 
(Mobile, AL)
E. Mason McGowin Jr. 
(Chapman, AL)
John Schley Rutherford 
(Mobile, AL)
Garland Cook Smith 
(Birmingham, AL)

James D. Stewart Jr. 
(Birmingham, AL)

Daniel J. Meador

Bradley Hale
B.M. Miller Childers†
John B. Scott Jr. 
(Montgomery, AL)
Directors Emeritus

B.J. Smothers
Foundation Administrator

Donate NowThe mission of the Cahaba Foundation is to secure private financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations for the state historic park at Old Cahawba, site of Alabama’s first state capital.







Old Cahawba, at the confluence of the Cahaba and Alabama Rivers west of Selma, is one of the most important historically and biologically significant places in Alabama. Old Cahawba is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The location has witnessed the confluences of cultures as well as rivers, and it harbors a 4,000-year history of multi-cultural inhabitants and settlements.  It is Alabama’s history in its most natural state and the birthplace of Alabama government.

cabinOver 30 years ago, the Alabama Historical Commission established the park as a state historic site. State funding, however, has never been sufficient to acquire all the land at the site and to organize and interpret it fully for public access.  To meet this challenge, in 2008 a group of community-minded citizens established The Cahaba Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, to generate funding from private sources.

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