Apr. 21, 22–John Sledge / Author & Historian



Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Fall 1980-Spring 1982

Master of Arts in History with emphasis in Historic Preservation

Thesis: “Summerfield, Alabama: Historic Preservation in a Rural Context”


Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama

Fall 1977-Spring 1980

Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish


Work History


Mobile Historic Development Commission

Architectural Historian 1985 to present for this city agency.  Responsibilities include coordination of easement program, historic building marker program, tax credit work, environmental review, and frequent public speaking on local history and historic preservation topics.


Mobile Historic Development Commission

Acting Director March 1997 to September 1998.  Responsibilities included supervision of MHDC staff and volunteers, coordination of the Commission’s committees (properties, finance, awards, education), management of the city’s two architectural review boards, and working with the mayor, city council, other city departments and the citizens of Mobile on historic preservation issues.


Mobile Register

Books Editor, August 1996 to 2012.  Responsibilities included writing a weekly book review column, “Southern Bound,” and coordinating and editing local reviewers.


Main Street Pulaski, Inc.

Project manager during 1984 for downtown revitalization project in this Tennessee community.


Middle Flint Planning Commission

Historic Preservation Planner from May 1982 to January 1984 for an eight county area of Georgia.


Professional Affiliations and Awards


President Historic Mobile Preservation Society, 1995-1997

Founder Church Street Graveyard Preservation Foundation, Inc.

Board, Friends of Magnolia Cemetery

Elizabeth B. Gould Research Award 1988, 2001, 2009

Robert Bell Writing Award, 2004

Distinguished Service Award, Alabama Historical Commission, 2002, 2010

Virginia Moran Writing Award, 2009 (first awarded)

Alabama Library Association Award for Best Nonfiction Book, 2009

Clinton Jackson Coley Award for best local history book in Alabama, 2016

NSDAR Historic Preservation Award, 2016