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With focus on past and future, Alabama wraps up bicentennial

Associated Press

Alabama is blowing out 200 candles on its birthday cake.

Officials and residents gathered Saturday to celebrate the state's bicentennial in Montgomery. Gov. Kay Ivey spoke and a series of monuments picturing the state's history were unveiled in a park across the street from the state capitol. The 16 bronze plaques, each on a base of Alabama granite, depict scenes from Alabama's history.

State Sen. Arthur Orr, a Decatur Republican says the bronze reliefs focus on ordinary people, showing history is made by “people like us.”

Alabama was admitted as the 22nd state on Dec. 14, 1819. 

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