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Africatown Heritage House Bioswale dedication set

WHAT: Dedication of the Africatown Heritage House Bioswale (rain garden) built by Birmingham-Southern College’s Southern Environmental Center.

Part of the Stemming the Tide: Empowering Youth to Meet Coastal Environmental Challenges initiative, the Africatown Heritage House Bioswale will involve Mobile County Training School students to help them learn about water cycles, water conservation, pollution, and environmental resilience.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 11 @ 10 a.m.

WHERE: Africatown Heritage House Bioswale (between the Robert L. Hope Center and Africatown Heritage House)

2465 Winbush St. • Mobile AL 36610

WHO: Students and teachers from Mobile County Training School

Representatives from Birmingham-Southern, including the Director of the Southern Environmental Center, Roald Hazelhoff

Mobile County District 1 Commissioner Merceria Ludgood

WHY: Students and teachers at Mobile County Training School will use the Africatown Heritage House Bioswale (rain garden) as a living laboratory that

demonstrates how native plants can be used for food, medicine, beautification, erosion protection and to lessen the impact of storm water runoff in urban areas.

OTHER: Before and after pictures, illustrations and description of the project are available at


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