Dr. Gaston's Legacy

Dr. Gaston's Legacy

Birmingham entrepreneur and businessman A.G. Gaston (1892-1996) was one of the most successful African-American business owners in Alabama. Gaston overcame humble beginnings and racial discrimination to build a $40 million business empire, which included a savings and loan bank, business college, construction company, motel, real estate business, burial insurance company, two cemeteries, and two radio stations. His motto was always to "find a need and fill it," you can see how that bears fruit in his life as a businessman. In 1966 that phrase took on another meaning for Dr. Gaston, he saw a need for boys to have a place where they could have fun, learn life lessons from other men, and receive academic help. Thus, the A.G. Gaston Boys Club was born, and later, provisions would be made for Girls to become Club members as well. We carry on that legacy at A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club and encourage all of our members to follow in the footsteps of our founder, to "find a need and fill it," as they grow to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens.
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