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Tornado Memorial


Tornado monument plaques

More powerful than the fury of nature stands the spirit of Tuscaloosa.

Location: Forest Lake (City Walk Bike Trail), 107 18th St.

On April 27, 2011, a devastating outbreak of tornadoes left an unprecedented path of destruction through our City. That day, on street corners and in neighborhoods, the fury of mother nature was met with the best of humanity.

Thousands of citizens, burdened by tragedy but inspired by a quiet hope, came together to aid the injured, search for the missing, and begin to rebuild our City before the sun had even set on the destruction.

This monument is dedicated in gratitude to the volunteers whose courage and unrelenting spirit demonstrated the heart of the City of Tuscaloosa.


City Walk

To Tuscaloosa’s heroes, in honor of service above self

Location: Alberta Park, 2614 University Blvd. E.

The men and women who serve our community daily, risking their own lives to protect our City, are true heroes. It is because of their commitment to service above self that we continue to overcome and prevail. 

This memorial is in gratitude to the first responders who risked everything on April 27, 2011 when a devastating tornado left a path of destruction through Tuscaloosa. Your courage, fortitude, and resilience in the face of tragedy demonstrates the true heart of Tuscaloosa.


Alberta Park

Burdened by tragedy, united in hope

Location: Mary Harmon Park, 2901 Greensboro Ave.

On April 27, 2011, one of the most devastating tornado outbreaks in the history of Alabama left an unprecedented path of destruction through the City of Tuscaloosa.

To those who perished in the storm or lost their lives as a result of tornado-related injuries, Tuscaloosa will never forget you. Your lives are embedded in the fabric of this community which, though burdened by tragedy, is united in hope.

Harmon Park