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Auburn student to work with Old Cahawba and city of Selma this summer

Auburn University history major Lowery McNeal will be living and working in Selma from May 14 until the end of July as part of Auburn’s Living Democracy Initiative. She will be working with Old Cahawba Archaeological Park to implement many of their new outdoor adventure and ecotourism projects, including a canoe trail on the Alabama and Cahaba rivers.

headshot of Lowery McNeal

She also plans to host several community events for youth in Selma. McNeal will be coordinating projects with Linda Derry, site director of Old Cahawba Park, Sheryl Smedley, director of the Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce, and Callie Nelson, coordinator for Dallas County Extension Services.

The Living Democracy program aims to bring together students and citizens to collaborate on issues that concern Alabamians. McNeal, originally from Trussville, Ala., will work with Dallas County citizens to highlight the potential of the area.



Several of McNeal’s pursuits for the summer will include:

  • Local adventure projects at Old Cahawba Park, including a birding trail, bike trail, and canoe tour service
  • Issues Forum and other community engagement events for area youth
  • Learning about Selma’s history, culture, and citizens

For more information on these projects or participation, please contact McNeal at (205)-213-2592 or Living Democracy is a program of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. For more information, visit (

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