Program On The Inventor Of Vicks Vaporub Saturday In Selma

The Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum will present a program on the life and times of Lunsford Richardson, the inventor of Vicks Vaporub.  The program will be held at the museum  located at 104 West Anderson Street in “Uptown Selma”.

Historian Eric Jackson will lead the program. “We will highlight the life and times of Lunsford Richardson the Vick family and the impact that Vicks Vaporub had on the South, the nation and the world,” Jackson said.

“Selma played an important role in the invention of Vicks, which is still a product that is known around the world. Many residents of Selma do not know the whole story and we want to present it to new residents and old residents. The program will highlight the Richardson and Vick families and the invention of Vicks.”

Richardson was born on a Selma farm in 1854 and later purchased a drugstore in Selma where he made and sold an ointment for sick babies he labeled “Vicks” the last name of his brother-in-law who helped him start the business.

The January 26th program begins at 11:00AM. It is part of a series of programs to showcase the museum and to broaden its outreach to the community.

“The Max G. Creech Selma Historical Museum is developing programs and events to showcase the telling of Selma’s story,” Jackson said.

The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For questions or more information contact Mr. Jackson at 919-333-4899 email