September 12, 1963
African American entrepreneur A.G. Gaston's home in Birmingham was bombed due to his support for the civil rights movement. A native of Demopolis, Gaston rose from humble beginnings to build a $40 million business empire that included a bank, business college, construction company, motel, real estate business, insurance company, two cemeteries, and two radio stations. Although not an outspoken advocate for civil rights, Gaston used his wealth to support equal treatment for blacks throughout his adult life. He was inducted into the Alabama Men’s Hall of Fame and his Gaston Motel was included as part of the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument created in 2017.