Kingston

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Kingston
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Birmingham neighborhoods
District(s) 4, 5
Community East Birmingham
Population 2,325
Area N/A
President Lillie Cole
Meeting site Kingston School, (map)
Meeting day 4th Monday
Website
Neighborhood map Kingston

Kingston is a neighborhood in the East Birmingham community of Birmingham. It was developed on land formerly farmed as part of Peyton King's plantation, and has historically housed a large African-American community, once surrounded by predominantly white neighborhoods.

The 500-unit Morton Simpson Homes public housing project was constructed in Kingston in the 1950s. By 1968 it was the home of about 7,000 residents in 2,000 households with an average income of $4,700. The neighborhood was served by Dupuy Elementary School, Gibson Elementary School and Kingston Elementary School, all of which have since closed. Currently students in Kingston attend Hayes K-8 School. Stockham Park is the only public park in the neighborhood, which is also crossed by Village Creek , separating it from Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport on the north.

Jerry's Convenience Store in Kingston was the scene of the police shooting that killed Bonita Carter in June 1979.

The Kingston Neighborhood Association meets on the 4th Monday of each month at the JCCEO's offices in the former Kingston School. It is presided over by Lillie Cole. Former presidents include Emmet Lockett.

Neighborhood presidents

Demographics

  • 2010: 1,855 (95.4% Black)
  • 2020: 2,325 (89.6% Black)

References