Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Jemison Home

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: at the intersection of Greensboro Avenue (State Highway 215) and 13th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
County: Tuscaloosa
Coordinates: N 33° 12.1    W 087° 33.883
  33.20166666    -87.56471666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


Built by Robert Jemison Jr. Completed 1862, the 26 room Italian Villa style mansion is distinguished by its octagonal cupola and delicate carved fretwork. Jemison, a member of Alabama Legislature for 20 years (1840-63), 1861 Secession Convention (he voted against secession), Confederate States Senate 1863-65, helped establish Alabama Insane Hospital. Boyhood home Robert Jemison Van de Graaff, inventor of generator used in splitting the atom and of William"Bully Van de Graaff, first All American Athlete from University of Alabama. Hugo Friedman in 1955 acquired this mansion for Tuscaloosa County as a Library.

Erected 1972 by Alabama Historical Association.

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