Jefferson County Historical Commission

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The Jefferson County Historical Commission is an organization, established in 1971 by the Alabama legislature to direct the documentation and historical preservation of buildings and sites in Jefferson County. The Commission serves as an informational resource for owners, developers and the public; administers the county's historical marker program and the annual "Jefferson Awards" for achievements in preservation; and sponsors publications on Jefferson County history. The Commission is not a grant-awarding body.

The Commission currently uses a residence at 4700 7th Court South in East Avondale as its business address. It previously occupied a suite of the 5th floor of the Landmark Center at 2100 1st Avenue North in downtown Birmingham.

Jefferson County Historical Commission markers are shield-shaped enameled metal signs bearing the Seal of Jefferson County, the name of the historic structure or site, and an identification number. Markers are issued based on applications received by the commission. The application establishes the historical significance of the structure or site, gives information about the original owner or occupant and details major changes made over time that might compromise its historic status. A $100 fee accompanies the application to pay for processing and for the cost of the plaque.


The Commission consists six members appointed by the Jefferson County Commission and six appointed by the City of Birmingham.

Jefferson Award winners














  • Satterfield, Carolyn Green (1976) Historic Sites of Jefferson County, Alabama. Birmingham: Jefferson County Historical Commission/Gray Printing Company
  • Hassinger, Bernice Shield (1978) Henderson Steel: Birmingham's First Steel Birmingham: Bernice Hassinger in cooperation with the Jefferson County Historical Commission.
  • Birmingham Magazine. (1979) Pioneers of Greater Birmingham. Birmingham: Jefferson County Historical Commission.
  • Bennett, James R. (1986) Old Tannehill: A History of the Pioneer Ironworks in Roupes Valley, 1829-1865. Birmingham: Jefferson County Historical Commission. ISBN 0961725710
  • Jefferson County Historical Commission. (1998) Birmingham and Jefferson County, Alabama. Images of America Series. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0752413465

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