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Charles Gunn House-Gadsden, Alabama

Edward Hollingsworth designed and built the home in 1886. it was purchased by local dentist, Charles Gunn. He willed the home to his daughter, Carolyn Bellenger, who lived there until her death in 1990. She donated the property to city, and it is now used as an event venue.

It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Congregation Beth Israel-Gadsden, Alabama

Congregation Beth Israel built their synagogue in 1922. This was 12 years after the congregation was founded in 1910. It was an active synagogue until 2010 when the doors were closed after decades of declining membership.

On March 25, 1960, the synagogue was firebombed by a Nazi sympathizer. Amazingly, only two people were injured, and it was the two men who ran out of the Temple to catch the perpetrator.