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The University of Alabama's Only Autonomous Living Option

The Mallet Assembly has been the home of unconventional thinkers and idiosyncratic personalities since its foundation in 1961 by Dr. John Blackburn. Seeking to racially integrate the then-segregated University of Alabama, Blackburn founded the Mallet Assembly as an independent living community. This independence empowered its members to take actions the administration could not or would not and through this allowed Mallet to become the thin end of the wedge of integration. Now over half a century later, the Mallet Assembly boldly and defiantly remains an unusual and forward-thinking embodiment of the social ideals of progressives in the early twentieth century.

Mallet is recommended to all academically-minded, intelligent, independent young people. If you choose to live at Mallet, you will meet a wide variety of original and driven thinkers, and you will have an unusual amount of control over your collegiate life. But, as fans of Stan Lee know, with great power there must also come great responsibility. The freedom and autonomy offered at the Mallet g with adult responsibility, you are encouraged to apply for membership.

The Mallet Assembly is located in The Highlands Buildings C and E, which are north of the Riverside parking deck and slightly east of the Presidential complex. If you are interested in learning more about the society available to you as a prospective Malleteer, feel free to send an email to or call anytime at (205) 348-5046 or you can even write to us as was done in ye olden times:

Mallet Assembly
PO Box 20224
Tuscaloosa, AL 35402

Palmer Hall at the University of Alabama

Palmer Hall, the former home of the Mallet Assembly. Was once located at 800 2nd St.
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