We are facing an urgent need to save the south wall
... AND save the museum! Please donate now!
We finished 5th among the top 20 finalists in this year’s Partners in Preservation: Vote Your Main Street competition! Thank you for your support! We received more than 78,000 votes! You helped us win $125,000 toward our Save the Wall campaign. This grant, provided by the American Express Foundation, will allow us start work. Our museum’s age is showing, and immediate repairs are critical to protect the building, according to noted preservation architect Nick Holmes III of Mobile. The brick veneer on the courthouse’s south side has visibly bulged and shifted out of place. Mr. Holmes says the museum should move quickly to determine the cause and extent of the damage, and arrest it. “It appears to be an isolated area, but you won’t know if the structural support wall underneath is involved until you get in there,” he said. Moisture also has taken a toll inside the museum, damaging interior plaster walls near several windows. We have every intention of preserving this structure, not simply because of what it means to our community here in Alabama, but because of what it symbolizes to the nation as a whole. There will be tremendous costs associated with the repairs and we need to secure as much as we can in grants and donation. Much money remains to be raised. Please make a contribution today and help us save the wall.
Your donation also helps preserve one of the world's most famous courtrooms where Harper Lee watched her father practice law and where she set a major part of To Kill a Mockingbird.
“It is and it isn’t autobiographical. ... What I did present as exactly as I could were the clime and tone, as I remember them, of the town in which I lived. From childhood on, I did sit in the courtroom watching my father argue cases and talk to juries.”
Harper Lee on To Kill a Mockingbird,
interview with John K Hutchens,
Herald Tribune, 1962