Titusville (Birmingham)

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Coordinates: 33°29′38.4″N 86°49′40.8″W / 33.494000°N 86.828000°W / 33.494000; -86.828000
Birmingham Neighborhood
Country United States
State Alabama
City Birmingham
Coordinates 33°29′38.4″N 86°49′40.8″W / 33.494000°N 86.828000°W / 33.494000; -86.828000
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP Codes 35211
Area code 205

Titusville /ˈtɪtəsvəl/ is a historic neighborhood in Birmingham, Alabama, United States southeast of Ensley near UAB's campus. It is centered on 6th Avenue South between downtown Birmingham and Elmwood Cemetery.

Titusville includes its neighborhood associations with North Titusville, South Titusville, and Woodland Park.


In 1910, Robert Ingersoll Ingalls, Sr. (1882-1951) founded Ingalls Iron Works in Titusville.[1] (He later went on to found Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi in 1938).

Since the early 20th century Titusville has been a neighborhood of middle-class African American families, including architect Wallace Rayfield; Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Birmingham mayor William Bell; former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford; Birmingham city councillor Carole Smitherman; and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Harold Jackson.[2]

In June 1993 Titusville residents took the Birmingham city government to court in an attempt to block completion by Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) of a garbage transfer station in their community. This action succeeded in halting the project and was widely celebrated as a grass-roots victory over environmental racism. As of 2005 the city and county governments agreed to jointly purchase the former Trinity Steel Industries property in Titusville for redevelopment.


  1. ^ Decatur Parks and Recreation
  2. ^ Condoleezza Rice, Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family, Crown Archetype, 2010, p. 38; 68-69
  • Not in Anyone's Backyard! The Grassroots Victory over Browning-Ferris Industries, video, 26 min. (Greenpeace, 1994).
  • Rel: City of Birmingham v. Horn, Supreme Court of Alabama, Special Term, 2001
  • Laura Westra, "The Faces of Environmental Racism: Titusville, Alabama, and BFI," in Faces of Environmental Racism: Confronting Issues of Global Justice, 2d ed., ed. Laura Westra and Bill E. Lawson (Lanham, Md., 2001) ISBN 0-7425-1248-7.
  • "Birmingham, Jeffco to buy Trinity plant property," Birmingham News, September 27, 2005.

See also[edit]

List of Birmingham neighborhoods