Preview | How UA and the city will remember April 27 tornadoes

A decade after deadly tornadoes destroyed much of Tuscaloosa, local leadership will host a number of memorials and service opportunities to remember those who lost their lives.


A deadly tornado touched down in Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2011, in a day of destruction that killed 53 people in the county. CW File

Isabel Hope | @isabamahope, Contributing Writer

The City of Tuscaloosa and the University will hold memorials on Tuesday to honor the victims of the April 27, 2011 tornado that killed 53 people in Tuscaloosa – including six UA students. The memorial events will commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the tornado. 

The University of Alabama

What: Tuscaloosa Tornado Ten Year Anniversary Memorial Event

When: Tuesday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

Where: Denny Chimes

Denny Chimes will ring 53 times at 5:13 p.m. — the time the tornado touched down — in honor of those killed in Tuscaloosa County.

Mayor Walt Maddox and the Tuscaloosa City Council 

What: Tornado Anniversary Vigil

When: Tuesday, April 27 at 5 p.m.

Where: Sites of new memorial plaques as listed below

  • Mary Harmon Park 2901 Greensboro Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
  • Alberta Park 2614 University Blvd. E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
  • Forest Lake (City Walk Bike Trail) 107 18th St. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

 The city is encouraging churches, universities and businesses to ring chimes or bells for one minute beginning at 5:13 p.m.

Center for Service and Leadership 

The UA Center for Service and Leadership is selling memorial T-shirts to benefit the Acts of Kindness Student Relief Fund. 

The CSL is also sponsoring two volunteer opportunities for UA students and employees. 

Wings of Grace donation sorting

When: Tuesday, April 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Where: Wings of Grace, 3101 Alabama Ave NE, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

Wings of Grace is a disaster relief organization that began after the tornado in 2011 and still operates to provide assistance to people in need. Volunteers can register here

Temporary Emergency Services donation sorting 

When: Tuesday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Temporary Emergency Services, 1705 15th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Temporary Emergency Services is a program that helps people in crisis situations. Volunteers can register here