Alabama Men's Hall of Fame
Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame Selects New Inductees
By Michael D. Morgan
A former Alabama governor, Charles Henderson, and a former federal judge, T. Virgil Pittman, will formally join the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame at an induction ceremony on September 20.
Gov. Henderson (1860-1937) served as Alabama’s 35th governor from 1915 through 1919. A successful business leader and former mayor of Troy, Alabama, Henderson championed a degree of reforms to the state’s educational, public health, child services, and prison and highway systems. Henderson was instrumental in founding Troy University. His philanthropic trust provided funding to create Charles Henderson High School, Charles Henderson Middle School, and the Charles Henderson Child Health Center, all in Pike County.
Pittman (1916-2012), former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, is known for several key court rulings in the wake of the Civil Right Movement that addressed discrimination in public employment and reshaped politics in the state. He also served as an FBI special agent and in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was a civic volunteer and church leader who was a life trustee of Samford University.
The induction ceremony luncheon is set for Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. at The Club in Birmingham. For further information and reservations, call 205-706-1289.
Founded by the Alabama legislature in 1987, the hall recognizes men "whose lives have impacted the state, nation and world." Honorees must have been deceased for two years. Hall board members represent Alabama's seven congressional districts. The Birmingham Women's Committee of 100 sponsors the program. The hall is located on the second floor of Harwell Goodwin Davis Library at Samford. The Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame is located at the University of West Alabama in Marion.