Here’s a look at the history of Julia Tutwiler Hall on the University of Alabama campus and the woman who inspired the building’s name:

• August 15, 1841: Julia Tutwiler is born in Tuscaloosa, the third of eleven children. She would grow up to be a writer, educator, prison reformer and a strong supporter of women’s education. Her father, Henry Tutwiler, was one of the first professors at the University of Alabama, serving as the chair of ancient languages, in the early 1830s. He was also a major force in women’s education.

• 1893: Tutwiler lobbies the UA board to allow admission of female students. After trustees were persuaded, the first women to attend UA were Bessie Parker and Anna Adams, in 1897. For helping the first 10 women gain admission to UA, Tutwiler became known as the “Mother of diversity in Alabama”. These 10 were his former students when Tutwiler was co-president of the Livingston Female Academy and the State Normal School (later to become the University of West Alabama), his first and only female president. During his teaching career, Tutwiler also helped found what is now the University of Montevallo.

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• 1914: The first Tutwiler Hall is built on the UA campus, roughly where the Rose Administration Building is today. The first Tutwiler Hall was demolished in the late 1960s.

• March 24, 1916: Tutwiler dies of cancer in Birmingham. She was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame (1953) and the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame at Judson College (1970).

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• 1931: Tutwiler’s poem “Alabama” is immortalized as the lyrics to the official state song. The music was composed by Edna Gockel Gussen, organist and choirmaster from Birmingham.

• 1968: The second iteration of Tutwiler Hall opens across from the UA football stadium at 901 10th St., which was renamed Paul W. Bryant Drive. The building has 13 floors, although there is no 13th floor. The elevators jumped from the 12th to the 14th floor due to superstition. The building’s most recent capacity was 1,000 beds.

Demolition of Julia Tutwiler Hall on the University of Alabama campus has begun as workers remove debris from behind the building Friday, July 2, 2021. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

• June 2019: Construction of the third version of Tutwiler Hall begins after a comprehensive assessment of the second Tutwiler Hall determined that a renovation would not be cost effective. UA has committed to building the new Tutwiler Hall next to the old building. The new Tutwiler Hall will remain a female-only residence hall that primarily houses freshmen.

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• July 4, 2022: At 7 a.m., UA will detonate approximately 675 pounds of dynamite, which was placed in approximately 2,000 holes drilled into the structural columns of Tutwiler Hall. UA officials say the building will collapse in about 20 seconds after the detonation. UA will provide live video of the Tutwiler Hall implosion at

May 18, 2022;  Tuscaloosa, AL, USA;  Construction work continues on the New Tutwiler dormitory on the University of Alabama campus.  Gary Cosby Jr.-The Tuscaloosa News

• August 2022: The new Tutwiler Hall will open in August at the northeast corner of 10th Avenue and 12th Street. The new building will have a capacity of 1,284 beds and will feature state-of-the-art furnishings and fittings, with a community apartment-style hybrid configuration of dual-capacity bedrooms. Each bedroom will feature two twin beds with a shared private bathroom. The building will also include public community spaces with televisions and whiteboards, outdoor social spaces, laundry rooms on each floor, a fitness room, a craft room and a large storm shelter, which will also serve as a room. versatile. The outdoor space will also feature a Tutwiler boardwalk with custom pavers purchased by alumni and friends.

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