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Posted Feb 18, 2015

Journey Proud February 2015 Episodes

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Alabama Public Television's series JOURNEY PROUD continues to explore Alabama’s unique places and culture with two new episodes in February. State folklorist Joey Brackner guides the way on treks to Bayou La Batre and Pike County. The episodes premiere Sunday, Feb. 22 at 6:00pm & 6:30pm, and air again on Monday, Feb. 23 at 9:00pm & 9:30pm.

The fishing community of Bayou La Batre in southern Mobile County has one of the most ethnically diverse populations in Alabama including several groups from Southeast Asia. Over the last thirty five years, Asian cultural traditions have become the latest layer of culture to help define this unique community. In "Bayou La Batre," Charlie Tran gives us a tour of his town and we meet fisherman, restaurateurs, artists and community leaders. 

The tradition of soaking balls made of cloth in a flammable liquid for throwing is an Old World holiday practice still found in some Alabama communities. In "Fireball Throwing," Historian Doug Purcell takes us to visit the Henderson family of Pike County, who gather each year to throw fireballs with family and friends. We will learn how this holiday season tradition is practiced from the making of the fire balls to the rapid throwing and catching between participants.

Funding for JOURNEY PROUD is provided in part by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Alabama Power Company; Community Foundation of South Alabama; Daniel Foundation of Alabama; National Endowment for the Arts, ARTWORKS; Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust.  Broadcast support comes from Alabama Tourism Department and Hargrove Engineers + Constructors.

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The Henderson family of Pike County continues the tradition of fireball throwing.

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Sunrise marks the start of a new day in Bayou La Batre.

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