National attention was focused on Foster Auditorium on June 11, 1963, when Governor Wallace stood in the doorway of the auditorium to prevent the registration of two black students. His infamous “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door” was to ensure that his motto of “segregation now, segregation tomorrow and segregation forever” was upheld. President John F. Kennedy intervened by federalizing the Alabama National Guard and addressing the nation on fairness and equality that evening. Foster Auditorium, a part of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places and designated a National Historic Landmark on April 5, 2005.
Photo: Foster Auditorium
– Courtesy National Historic Landmark Collection