|Meeting site||Fountain Heights Recreation Center, (map)|
|Meeting day||2nd Saturday|
|Neighborhood map||Fountain Heights|
Fountain Heights is a neighborhood in Birmingham's Northside community. It is separated from the Enon Ridge and Evergreen neighborhoods to the north by I-65 and 17th Avenue North; from the Central City neighborhood to the east by 19th Street North; from the Five Points South neighborhoods to the south by the Railroad Reservation; and from the Smithfield neighborhood to the west by I-65. It includes the northwestern section of downtown Birmingham, including the Civil Rights District surrounding Kelly Ingram Park.
Fountain Heights grew in the 1880s as a predominantly Jewish community, largely affiliated with Temple Emanu-El at West Park. By the 1940s, many of those families had moved away and the neighborhood was predominantly white and middle class. Although the neighborhood also included the "slum" area of "Little Korea" or "Newmongo" north of 8th Avenue.
The rapid growth of neighboring Smithfield made Fountain Heights an attractive destination for middle-class Black families after segregated zoning was abolished. By the end of the 1960s, white flight had left the racial demographics of the neighborhood almost entirely African American. Construction of I-65 through Fountain Heights and Enon Ridge disrupted the community. Falling property values left many residences to fall into disrepair.
The Fountain Heights Neighborhood Association meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Fountain Heights Recreation Center on 15th Avenue North.
- 1976: Flora McGhee
- 2002: Doris Powell president, Rebecca Murdock vice president, Denneth Dyson secretary
- 2006: Doris Powell president, Joe Ann Askew vice president, Loretta Dial secretary
- 2010: Doris Powell president, Andre Brown vice president
- 2012: Andre Brown president, Jimmy Summerville vice president, Darrell Crawford secretary
- 2014: Andre Brown president, Bonderia Lyons vice president, Tiffany Cannon secretary
- 2016: Andre Brown president, Bonderia Lyons vice president, Tiffany Cannon secretary
- 2018: Bonderia Lyons president, Darlena Battle vice president
- 2010: 2,520 (83.1% Black)
- 2020: 1,987 (64.8% Black)
- Hodgin, Mary Scott (January 14, 2021) "Losing History in One of Birmingham’s Oldest Neighborhoods" WWBHM.org