Alabama NewsCenter — New book shines light on Mayor George Ward and his “Birmingham Beautiful” campaign

| October 8, 2021 @ 10:00 am

By Carolanne Roberts

A new book from the Birmingham Historical Society recounts the contributions of George B. Ward (1867-1940), one of the early mayors of the city whose passion for beauty and for creating “a living urban environment … healthy and happy to live in” had a lasting effect on the Magic City.

“Birmingham: The City Beautiful, Compliments of G. Ward” is expected to be available beginning Nov. 1. The book’s 112 pages are laced with photos of both Ward and the growing city he so adored. From his arrival in 1871 in a yet-to-be-named Birmingham at the age of 4 to his ascent to city leader, the book details Ward’s determination to beautify the city.

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