The statue of Vulcan in Birmingham, Alabama is the largest cast iron statue in the world.

For generations Vulcan has gazed over Birmingham, first symbolizing the area's Steel City heritage, holding aloft a newly forged spear point. Later Vulcan was the guardian of the night, holding a green lit torch for the city to see when there had been no deaths in traffic, but holding up a red torch of warning whenever someone in the city had been killed in a collision.

Recently the great iron man was completely restored after weathering decades keeping watch over the city.

In June 2006, Vulcan will watch over Birmingham as Spoken Word artists from all over the South and beyond compete on local stages for the title of Southern Fried Slam Champion.

Teams and Independent poets from Southern Cities and farther away will share their stories, their stuggles and victories, their original poetic creations in an attempt to get to Saturday's Final Stage for a shot at the Southern Fried prize:

Moon Pies, RC Cola and a year of bragging rights!

...and some cash too!!

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Three days of Open Mics, Features, and SLAM,
climaxing at Carver Theater on
Saturday night when the Best of the Best in the Southeast
meet onstage to decide who is the