DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) – Tom Kaufmann, a native of Montgomery, has recently published his inaugural book entitled ‘Historic Alabama Bells’ which tells the story of rare and significant tower bells in Alabama.
After seven years of climbing into attics, domes, towers and steeples, Kaufmann, who is also an architectural historian and preservationist, emerges with a story of Alabama bells that encapsulates the history of the state itself.
These bells – some dormant, others pealing still, were forged by the Reveres in Boston. The called Alabamians to worship, celebrated weddings and tolled at funerals. They sounded the death knell for countless parishioners during the havoc of the Civil War, watched over the Freedom Riders and shook from the blast of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing. And, while their clear tones have rung out in remembrance of so many of state’s solemn and scared moments, many of these bells have fallen into neglect, their silence serving as its own reminder of the urgent need for preservation.
Tom may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.