Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

NBC 13 Birmingham: U.S. Capitol honors former longtime Birmingham store owner

May 26, 2015
In The News

A Birmingham neighborhood got a prestigious gift from the nation's capital Monday. The gift is a United States flag that replaces the one that once flew outside Gadson Grocery Store.

Preston Gadson owned Gadson Grocery Store for years in the Sherman Heights community until a tornado swept it away on April 27, 2011.

The wife of Mr. Gadson said her husband made sure an American flag was always flying outside of his mom-and-pop store. The strong winds from the 2011 tornado pulled the flag off, but the pole is still in the same spot.

The new flag presented to the community Monday, flew over the White House last year in honor of Mr. Preston by the request of Congresswoman Terri Sewell. That flag was given to Gadson's wife who is an Army veteran.

"I'm going to put it on my shelf and put it in a box that you hold flags in," Annie Gadson said.

Preston Gadson passed away back Nov. 29, 2012 leaving behind a legacy in his neighborhood.