Imagine my surprise when I learned that they have made a museum of my birth place! What an honor!
Actually, this antebellum building has a long history, and the fact that I happened to have been born here had little, if anything, to do with it, I'm sure! ;o)
Originally built as the "Central Masonic Institute of Alabama," circa 1847, it became a Confederate Hospital during the War Between the States. Rumour has it that there is a tunnel underneath that connect to the banks of the Alabama River, about 3 blocks away, to the south.
The structure became the Dallas County Courthouse from 1866 to 1901, on removal of the County Seat from Cahaba. It became the Presbyterian High School for Boys in the early 1900's.
Acquired by the Vaughan Estate in 1904, it became the Vaughan Memorial Hospital from 1911 to 1960 in memory of Dr. Samuel Watkins Vaughan. The City of Selma purchased the property in 1969 and restored in 1973. It was renamed the Joseph T. Smitherman Historic Building on April 9, 1979.
My Mother's room (from what she has told me) was on the first floor, front left. The room, pictured above, now serves as a place to showcase historic oil portraits of people who have been associated with the building. Quite fitting, it seems to me, as I must have spent some of my earliest hours there. (I only wish they were my paintings!)
This is the view out the window of the room where I was most likely born:
Having fun now!...
My first bath:
WHEELS! First sports car!
and where I lay my little head down to sleep: