June 16, 2021

The College Football Hall of Fame Celebrates the Rich History and Significant Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities with New Southern Company HBCU Exhibit

The College Football Hall of Fame Celebrates the Rich History and Significant Impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities with New Southern Company HBCU Exhibit

Permanent Exhibit Features Must-See Artifacts and Interactive Video Content from Distinguished HBCU Players, Coaches and Alumni


ATLANTA (June 15, 2021) – In honor of Juneteenth, The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame is proud to debut a brand new permanent exhibit that celebrates all aspects of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their impact - past, present and future.  The “Southern Company Celebrating HBCUs” exhibit focuses on three key pillars inherent in the HBCU culture: community, leadership and opportunity. The exhibit features historical artifacts and interactive videos to tell these stories.  From marching bands, homecoming, historic rivalries and classics to individual players, coaches and testimonials from community leaders, the “Southern Company Celebrating HBCUs” exhibit provides a comprehensive look into how it all comes together within these renowned institutions.   


“As the storytellers of college football’s rich history, the College Football Hall of Fame is honored to share the incredible contributions HBCUs have made across the country.  The rich traditions of these schools are entrenched in the game today and we are excited to put them front and center,” said Kimberly Beaudin, CEO of the Hall. “We couldn’t be more thankful for our new partnership with Southern Company and their dedication to bringing this exhibit to life.  We can’t wait for guests to experience this unique celebration of HBCUs.”


“Recognizing the contribution HBCUs make to our communities on and off the field by becoming the presenting sponsor of this special exhibit at the College Football Hall of Fame is a natural extension of the purpose Southern Company shares with these great institutions, to be intentional in our efforts to create a more equitable future,” said Tom Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company. “The programs, players and coaches throughout the history of HBCU football have forged some of this country’s great traditions while providing opportunity, community and education for generations of leaders.”




About the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame

The Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame is a 94,256-square-foot attraction located in the heart of Atlanta's sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the Hall provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits. The National Football Foundation (NFF) launched the Hall in 1951 to stand as one of the nation's premier sports shrines, immortalizing the game’s greatest players and coaches as positive role models for future generations. Atlanta Hall Management, Inc., partnered with the NFF to construct and operate the Hall of Fame attraction, which provides a platform for community outreach, education and character development initiatives, as well as serves as one of Atlanta’s premier special event spaces. For more information on the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, a 2019 TripAdvisor ® Certificate of Excellence recipient, please visit www.cfbhall.com. 


Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a net zero future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.



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