This modest home and museum in downtown Jasper celebrates the life and era of Carl Atwood Elliott Sr., a U.S. Representative from Alabama who lived from 1913-1999 and was elected to eight consecutive Congressional terms from 1949 to 1965. Elliott came from a poor background and accomplished impressive things during tumultuous times in Alabama and American history.
He was an education advocate and a trusted advisor to President Kennedy, and fought for racial tolerance in Alabama when most citizens didn't want to listen. His views caused him political exile and financial ruin, but he continued to stand for the values he believed in.
His views earned him international acclaim in his later life, and in 1990 became the first recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. Elliott wrote books about local history, produced columns and book reviews for local newspapers, and published books by local authors. His own books include five volumes of Annals of Northwest Alabama and seven volumes on the history of area coal miners.
The Carl Elliott House Museum is at 1700 Birmingham Avenue, and is owned and operated by Bevill State Community College. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
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