Thoustin Lumpkin held slave auctions on the southwest corner of Holmes and Jefferson Streets. Down the way on the current site of the Madison County Courthouse, the former Madison House served as the location of a bath house and barber shops owned by Richmond and William Terrell – free African Americans. Both memories anchor the “Race to the Future” bicentennial run.
Scheduled for Saturday, April 20, Race to the Future 5k and Fun Run invites all Huntsville-Madison County residents to honor Huntsville’s African American history and its continued embrace of diversity. Race proceeds will serve as seed money for an endowment to maintain the proposed slave memorial – the Wall of Remembrance.
“Huntsville has always been viewed as more racially progressive than other cities in Alabama,” says committee chairman, Tony Smith. “Raising money to honor the memories of the region’s enslaved people fits that historic reputation. As such, we hope that residents will show their support by participating.”
The 5k run will begin at 8:00 a.m., and the Fun Run at 8:10 a.m. at the Gateway Greenway Park at 200 Monroe Street. Early registration fees are $25 for the 5k and $15 for the Fun Run until April 19. Fees at packet pickup and on race day will be $30 for the 5k and $20 for the Fun Run. Registrants can pick up packets at Fleet Feet Sports on Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This is the start of what the committee plans to be an annual event.
For more information about other events from African Americans for Completingthe Story in Huntsville-Madison County, visit www.completingthestoryAL200.org.