Alabama Bicentennial Park commemorates Alabama's 200th anniversary of statehood. The park's bronze relief sculptures present sixteen moments from Alabama history, complemented by narratives that provide historical context. The hope of those who dedicate Alabama Bicentennial Park in the anniversary year is that generations of Alabamians will see their history reflected in the park, learn from it, and be inspired to make the future strong and bright.
Sixteen murals, each 14 feet tall and 9 feet wide, were commissioned to represent the history of Tuscaloosa, north Alabama and the nation. The murals include depictions of Alabama pioneers, industrial growth, the Civil War, Bear Bryant, and the devastating April tornadoes that struck the state.
It began in late 2015 when O'Connor was approached by the Alabama-Mississippi chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The champ is from Tuscaloosa and O'Connor thought it was fitting that the famous boxer should get the recognition he deserves.