The Murphy-collins      house 

Tuscaloosa’s first licensed black mortician, Mr. Will J. Murphy, built this two-story craftsman bungalow in the early 1920s as his private residence. Materials from the old state capitol building a few blocks away, such as bricks and window sills, were salvaged when it burned in 1923 and used in the house’s construction. Today, the structure operates as a museum focusing on the lifestyle of affluent blacks during the early 1900s.


The Murphy-Collins House is the home of the Murphy African American Museum


Tours can be arranged by contacting the staff at 205-758-2861.  The museum is handicapped accessible.

This property is an affiliate of the Tuscaloosa County Preservation Society.

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