• UWA honors Julia Strudwick Tutwiler in exhibit at Webb Hall Gallery

    Posted: July 12, 2016

    Author: Public Relations

    The University of West Alabama presents an exhibition honoring Julia Strudwick Tutwiler in the Webb Hall Art Gallery on the University of West Alabama campus.  The public is invited to a reception for the exhibit at Webb Hall Parlor on Thursday, July 14, from 2-4 p.m.

     

    Tutwiler became the first president of the University - and the only female to hold the title - in 1890, after beginning her term as co-principal in 1881 at what was then known as Livingston Female Academy.  She led the institution for 30 years, retiring in 1910 from what had become by then Alabama Normal College.

     

    This year marks the 100th year since Tutwiler's death in 1916, and the library began its commemoration of her life and service to the university and the State of Alabama with a presentation of "My Name is Julia" on June 12 at the library.  

     

    Ellise Mayor of Birmingham portrayed Tutwiler in the one-woman play authored by renowned Alabama journalist, photographer, author and storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham, who also portrayed Miss Julia in the play for years before retiring from the role not long before her death.

     

    The exhibit, simply titled "Remembering Miss Julia," is open now and will be on display through the end of August. The public is invited to view the exhibit during the hours of 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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