Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2018

July 13, 2018
Black Belt Treasures colors creativity in Camden
Black Belt Treasures colors creativity in Camden

Today’s youth will shape tomorrow’s future so why not encourage them to create something that is completely their own.  Black Belt Treasures and Cultural Arts Center in Camden has made the pledge to do just that. Black Belt Treasures opened for business on Oct. 1, 2005, with approximately 75 artists. To date, more than 500 artisans have sold their work through Black Belt Treasures.  

By Laura Agee
June 26, 2018
Gaines Ridge Dinner Club
Gaines Ridge Dinner Club

Gaines Ridge Dinner Club in Camden serves up Southern hospitality, history, ghost stories and a dessert recognized as one of “100 Alabama Dishes to Eat Before You Die”. From 1898 to 1985, the home was lived in and passed down through generations of the Kennedy family. The home was re-invented in 1985 into the dinner club by Kennedy and her sister, Hayden.

By Laura Agee
June 20, 2018
Christian Way lends a helping hand in Camden
Christian Way lends a helping hand in Camden

Over the hill from Camden’s downtown lies Depot Street, a quiet little road that leads up to a red brick church, quaint school, daycare facility and a white building for food donations, all collectively known as Christian Way. Christian Way helps more than 300 families in the Camden area each year by providing needed clothing and food.

By Laura Agee
June 12, 2018
Camden's greatest asset may be Alabama River
Camden's greatest asset may be Alabama River

Camden hosts two city council meetings on the first and third Monday of every month.   The Council meeting I attended on May 21 was effective in discussing city budgets, grant applications and places in the city that need repairing or updated. But what caught my attention was a small but powerful reminder about one of Camden’s best assets: the Alabama River.

By Laura Agee
June 1, 2018
Anderson comes home from New York City, opens Shoe Shop museum
Anderson comes home from New York City, opens Shoe Shop museum

The first time I met Mrs. Betty Anderson was in Black Belt Treasures in Camden. She stopped and introduced herself. Anderson has a smile that lights up her whole face, the kind that makes you grin from ear to ear as well. I was told long before I began my summer of “Living Democracy” in Camden that I needed to visit with her and hear her story, so I did. 

By Laura Agee

Last Updated: July 24, 2018