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Old 08-10-2008, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Hi, I have heard alot about the Alabama Footwash and would like to go.My friends and I are palnning a trip there from Cleveland, Oh.
I was wondering if anyone can please give me insight of exactly the location and the dates. Thanks so much!!!

~Toya
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:14 PM
 
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You can google it . I found several articles on it. I have never heard of it. There might be someone who knows more but from what I read it can be a pretty wild event sometime in the middle of Sept.
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:30 PM
 
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Yes, I went in 2000 and 1996, it's held in Uniontown AL.Its a big festival where people come from all over the country.It has great food,good music, and souvenirs. My girlfriend insist on me taking her this year,because she heard so much about it.I had good time at the footwash and plan on going this year.
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:31 PM
 
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I dont Know the dates now but I will post them for you later.
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Old 08-10-2008, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I'll admit I have never heard of it.
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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I love learning new stuff!!!!


The Footwash festival is a tradition that began in the rural county in the late 1800s. According to research by University of Alabama students studying black culture, the festival was started by the Fairhope Benevolent Society, which was formed in Faunsdale in 1888 to improve conditions for burying the dead.

Life insurance wasn’t widely available to blacks, and burial costs could wipe out a family’s assets. Members paid 10 cents a month and the money was used to purchase caskets, aid the sick and pay for burials.

Money left at the end of the year was used to finance the annual Footwash festival, held around the fourth Sunday in September. The meetings included sermons from ministers and were held in a one-room building, according to a UA Web site.

No actual foot washings went on at these gatherings. The event was called Footwash because once participants returned from the rural area, they had to wash their feet.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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Wow, very interesting. Where did you learn this?
There's something weirdly special about Faunsdale.
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Wow, very interesting. Where did you learn this?
There's something weirdly special about Faunsdale.
I google it.....I haven't gotten as far as to when/where this year's is. I got pulled in another direction.
I'll work on it again in a bit.
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Old 08-13-2008, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Thanks so much for the help. I myself have researched this event and found very little. I get the feeling this is a word of mouth thing??
Anyways, another question.. What is the nearest city to Uniontown that I can enjoy the "nightlife" and find a nice hotel while I'm visiting. In case I don't make it to this event I can enjoy a "good gurls night out" Lol hopefully.
Thanks I know so many questions. It seems Uniontown is very distant from the large cities in AL so I'm not sure which to choose from. Thanks again. This site is very helpful.
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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Be sure to 'rep' the posters who posted good info by clicking on the scales in their post or at the bottom you can rate the post..
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