New Forensic Sciences Laboratory Opens at Alabama State University

A new $10 million forensic sciences building has opened on the campus of Alabama State University, the historically black educational institution in Montgomery. The building contains 12 classrooms and state-of-the-art chemistry and biology laboratories. The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences will use some of the laboratories to conduct its criminal investigations.

The new building is named for Robert Clinton Hatch. Hatch was a professor of education at the university and served as acting president. He was also the first black administrator at the Alabama State Department of Education. Hatch, who held a doctorate in education from Columbia Teachers College, died in 1975.