Living Democracy

Living Democracy 2019

June 3, 2019
A Day in Gee's Bend
A Day in Gee's Bend

On Monday, May 20, I took a trip close to home to a place many people from across the country travel much longer distances to discover and celebrate: Gee’s Bend.

By Laura Thompson
May 17, 2019
Kennedy Retires after 34 years at Gaines Ridge
Kennedy Retires after 34 years at Gaines Ridge

Betty Kennedy transformed the historic home where she grew up in Camden into one of Alabama’s best-known restaurants. For the past 34 years, she has built Gaines Ridge into a fine-dining establishment that wins awards and keeps customers coming back.

By Laura Thompson
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

Last Updated: April 04, 2019