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The Foster Auditorium got a spot on the National Historic Register because of the ?Stand in the Schoolhouse Door? episode on June 11, 1963, when Alabama Governor George C. Wallace who was against integration, attempted to stop black students from enrolling at the University of Alabama. This scene was portrayed in the Tom Hank?s movie, Forrest Gump.

Constructed in 1939, the auditorium was built in honor of Richard Clarke Foster who is the sixteenth president of the University of Alabama. It can hold 5,400 people and was a regular location for games, graduation ceremonies, lectures, concerts, school registration and other big events. It also served as the home of the athletic programs for women from 1970s to 1980s. Today, the auditorium is undergoing renovations and will soon open its doors again for the women?s athletic programs in basketball and volleyball.
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