BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Hundreds gathered at Birmingham's The Club Tuesday to honor two new inductees into the Alabama Men's Hall of Fame. Herbert Clark Stockham and Martin Luther King, Jr. were both honored by the organization, which was established in 1987 by the Alabama state legislature. "We like our Alabama citizens to know that all heroes have come from other parts of the country," said Hall of Fame chairman Elouise Williams. "But Alabama has its own lion share of men who've blazed trails to make this a better state."
Several of Stockham's family members were on hand for the presentation and unveiling of a bronzed plaque that will hang on in the Harwell Goodwin Library inside Samford University. Stockham was remembered for turning the foundry business his father started into an international valve and fittings company in the early 1900s. But it was the compassion he had towards employees that earned him equal respect. In hopes of improving their lives, he provided housing, a company medical dispensary and a night school. His great granddaughter, Virginia Tucker never met her great grandfather but says hearing all the stories about him at Tuesday's ceremony was insightful. "It's definitely a special honor," she said after the event. "I don't think I realized all the accomplishments he did until today."