Long-sealed city safe holds a surprise……

FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The event was planned and advertised weeks ago: At the new Fairhope Museum of History, officials would open a city safe that had been unused since 1971. What would be inside? Nothing? Old city records? This week, a crowd of nearly 30 Fairhopers watched as locksmith Nevitt Baker lifted away its heavy, black door. A musty smell filled the room, and the crowd laughed as news cameras and curious locals closed in on the open safe. One woman rushed her young son out of the museum, saying she didn’t want him to see what was inside.