Jump to Content
ABA: The American Bankers Association
Skip Section Navigation

Leighton Museum

Bank Independent - Leighton, Alabama

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Community & Economic Development
  • Asset Size: Small

Frank R. King, local historian and grandfather of Jimmy King, was passionate about preserving the history of theLeighton community. He was responsible for forming the Tennessee Valley Historical Society on November 15, 1923.As the first president of the society, King was instrumental in having historic markers placed in Colbert County. Healso compiled a personal collection of artifacts and personal papers to form a museum for Colbert County. AfterFrank's death, his daughter Mary King Christian and her friend Maude Preuit Fennel moved the museum toLeighton. The Leighton Library, Museum and Civic Center, Inc. officially opened on June 30, 1952. The new museum was created with the goal to make it more accessible to the public. Bank Independent steppedforward to provide funding for the concept, design and construction. The museum collection was inventoried incollaboration with the Alabama Department of History and Archives, and the Alabama Museum of Natural History. InDecember 2019, the contents of the museum were transferred to its current location at the Bank. During therenovation process, many other families contributed to the museum collection. The Leighton Library, Museum andCivic Center continue to house several artifacts, photographs, and portraits on loan from the Leighton Public LibraryBoard and the King Family. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z08htxi7fo0wp4d/AABeFgS3hdE8YfwQ8W_3_9Dma?dl=0