Growing Up Down the Bay

Growin Up Down the Bay April 26-May 31 Ben May Library

Children who grew up Down the Bay, the area south of Government Street, have fond memories of the neighborhood. Learn more about growing up in the community through oral history interviews from the Down the Bay Oral History Project and artifacts from the I-10 Mobile River Bridge Archaeology Project and consider how childhood has (and hasn't) changed through time.

The exhibit is on display at the Ben May Library (701 Government Street) from April 26-May 31. Come to one of our events at the library and check it out while you’re there!


Exhibit Open House from 2pm-3pm.

Meet the USA undergraduate students who curated the exhibit.


Oral History Listening Session from 2 pm - 4 pm.

Listen to memories from the Down the Bay project and share your own.


Take a Break Thursday from 4 pm - 5 pm.

Kids activities about archaeology and history


Down the Bay: Oral History and Archaeology from 6 pm - 7 pm. 

Panel presentation about the Down the Bay Oral History Project and I-10 Mobile River Bridge Archaeology Project

Undergraduate students who curated the exhibit with community advisor Valenia Green

This exhibit was curated by undergraduate students in the Spring 2024 Museum Methods in Archaeology Course at the University of South Alabama (pictured above with community advisor Valenia Green).

Student curators:

Meadow Armstrong

Gabe Berault

Killian Day

Joseph Deustch

Hannah Durgin

Anne Goodman

Trinity Jenkins

Anna Jones

John Lawrence 

Nicole Lemon

Eric Logan

Bex Shepan


A big thanks to Valenia Green for serving as our community advisor and to everyone from Down the Bay who shared their memories with our project team!