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Trussville native working at Old Cahawba for summer

By Gary Lloyd

TRUSSVILLE — Auburn University history major Lowery McNeal, a Trussville native, will be living and working in Selma until the end of July as part of Auburn’s Living Democracy Initiative.

McNeal began the initiative May 14.

She is working with Old Cahawba Archaeological Park to implement many of their new outdoor adventure and ecotourism projects, including a canoe trail on the Alabama and Cahaba rivers.

A Trussville historical marker
file photo by Ron Burkett

She also plans to host several community events for youth in Selma. McNeal will be coordinating projects with Old Cahawba Park site director Linda Derry, Selma and Dallas County Chamber of Commerce director Sheryl Smedley and Dallas County Extension Services coordinator Callie Nelson.

The Living Democracy program aims to bring together students and citizens to collaborate on issues that concern Alabamians. McNeal will work with Dallas County citizens to highlight the potential of the area.

McNeal will pursue local adventure projects at Old Cahawba Park, including a birding trail, bike trail and canoe tour service; issues forum and other community engagement events for area youth; and learning about Selma’s history, culture and citizens.

Living Democracy is a program of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life. For more information, visit

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