Discovery Wall

16′ by 5′ by infinity

Tuscaloosa is one of only a handful of cities to present this generation of technology. The Touch Wall is far more than a vast computer screen. It is a portal to the unknown. Start your journey with points of interest like people, places, our past or our present, then let yourself wander through a continuously expanding web of content. Discover legendary figures from our community’s past – the difference makers who helped shape our city. Travel from place to place, uncovering hidden gems and points of pride in the area as you go. Or dive into a continuously evolving collection of special curations – from sports to history to food and music – you never know what you will discover next at The Gateway.

Jay Welborn

Welborn heard that a storm was threatening two stores in West Tuscaloosa. Realizing it was headed for Alberta, he ushered customers and workers into the coolers. His store became a refuge and triage center for stunned citizens. The good news is, Alberta is rebuilding and coming back even stronger.

The late Robert T. Wade

Wade began printing when he was in ninth grade and continued until he was drafted into the U.S. Navy after graduating high school. He was in the Navy for two years, then attended Alabama A & M. After college, Wade worked for The Hale County News in Moundville. He started his own business, Wade Printing, in 1953, and ran it until he became ill in 2015.  He and his late wife raised seven children.

Ruth Eaton Cummings Bolden

“Readers are leaders.” That was her motto. She helped found a library in West Tuscaloosa and worked for the civil rights movement. She passed away at the age of 94, but left a great impression on our community. In 1948, she got county money to start a library in the local community center.

Dinah Washington

Despite a relatively short career, Dinah Washington laid claim to being one of the major jazz voices, and one of the most versatile of all jazz singers.  Her full-bodied voice made her become one of the most popular black female recording artist of the fifties.

Good Day Tuscaloosa!

City Councilor Kip Tyner hosts a local television program, “Great Day Tuscaloosa,” that is produced daily on Comcast Channel 21. The show provides an hour of programming that residents can’t get anywhere else. Nearly every guest who appears on the show lives in the Tuscaloosa area.

Robert E. Witt

Dr. Witt has had an undeniable impact on the growth of the Tuscaloosa area. During his nine-year tenure as President of The University of Alabama, he led an ambitious plan to improve academic excellence and competitive strength that has positioned UA as one of the fastest-growing public research universities.

Steam Dummy

Streetcar service began in the Druid City in 1883 with the arrival of the first horsecar trolley. Operated by the Tuscaloosa Street Railway, mules and mustangs pulled the streetcars on rails throughout the city. This “contraption” was in use for over a decade before the tracks were taken up by city order in 1896.

American Christian Academy

American Christian Academy is a thriving private school, grades pre-k through high school. Through partnerships with the parents, ACA’s main focus is to instill Christian character and academic excellence while developing a spiritual, intellectual, and cultural education for each student.

First Baptist Church

Organized in 1818, First Baptist is the oldest church in Tuscaloosa County. The first building was made with logs. A brick structure was completed in 1830 and a larger one at the same site in 1884. An educational building was erected 1924 and the sanctuary that exists today was finished in 1958.