Apr. 6, 23–Cart Blackwell / President, Friends of Magnolia Cemetery

Cartledge Weeden Blackwell, III


Cartledge Weeden Blackwell, III, is an architectural historian and the curator of the Mobile Carnival Museum. Blackwell is a six-generation native of Selma, Alabama. He obtained undergraduate degrees in art history and historic preservation from the College of Charleston in 2005. In 2008, Cart received his Masters of Art in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. His scholarly focus is the history and culture of the American South. In 2020, Blackwell’s first book, Of People And Of Place: Portraiture In Alabama (1870-1945), Reconstruction To Modernism was published. That work, a commission of the Alabama Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, is followed by Of Color and Light: The Life and Art of Artist-Designer Clara Weaver Parrish. The manuscript of the aforementioned book is in the hands of the University of Alabama Press and soon to be sent to academic readers. A third book on George B. Rogers is being coauthored with Thomas C. McGehee, curator of Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Blackwell’s writings have appeared in Alabama, Alabama Heritage, ARRIS, Mobile Bay Monthly, Access, and many museum catalogues. In addition to curatorship of the Mobile Carnival Museum and writing, Blackwell serves as the president of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Magnolia Cemetery, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cahawba Foundation, a board member of the Friends of Alabama Heritage, board member of the Friends of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, and a member of the Architectural Review Board (ARB) of the City of Mobile.