Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Draughon Seminars in State & Local History



’It Came Like a Cyclone’: Alabama and the 1918 Influenza

with Jim Baggett


Tuesday, October 23: Auburn University School of Nursing, Active Learning Classroom (1202/1210), 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 23: H. Grady Bradshaw Library (3419 20th Ave, Valley, AL), Noon (CST).

Wednesday, October 24: B.B. Comer Memorial Library (314 N Broadway Ave, Sylacauga, AL), Noon.


As World War One came to a close, tens of millions of people around the world contracted influenza in the worst pandemic in human history. Alabama was not spared the misery, and almost 150,000 Alabamians became ill in every part of the state. Thousands, including whole families, died. Stores, theaters, fairs, schools, and even churches were closed to try and stop the spread of the disease. With not enough doctors or hospital beds to tend the sick, neighbors pulled together to care for one another.

In this talk, Birmingham Public Library Archivist Jim Baggett will explore the story of the great influenza in Alabama and put Alabama’s experience into an international context.

Programs are free and open to the public. 

Draughon Seminars are funded by the Kelly Mosley Endowment in honor of Dr. Ralph B. Draughon, Auburn University president from 1947 to 1965, a historian with a deep commitment to both state history and public education. 



Last Updated: October 22, 2018