Alabama 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.”

Corporations and other groups are helping to pay for Alabama's 200th birthday party.

The Alabama Bicentennial Commission says more than $3 million has been donated to the foundation created to raise money for the celebration. The commission says donations are being used to pay for grants, exhibits and a bicentennial park at the Capitol but they will also pay for a closed-door event for state officials.

“Selma: A Bicentennial History”

Author: Alston Fitts III

Publisher: University of Alabama Press

Pages: 360

$39.95 (Cloth)

Alston Fitts, originally from Tuscaloosa, has lived and worked in Selma since the early 1970s. A trained scholar with a PhD from the University of Chicago, Fitts is an excellent choice for this one-volume, richly illustrated history of Selma.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two new books have been published to coincide with Alabama's bicentennial celebration.

The Montgomery-based NewSouth Books has joined with Alabama Heritage magazine to produce "Alabama from Territory to Statehood." The book covers the state's early period, before its admission into the United States on Dec. 14, 1819.

Secretary of State John Merrill co-authored another book called "Alabama: The Bicentennial" that's being sold by the Alabama Department of Archives and History. That book recognizes the contributions of more than 400 notable Alabamians.

AL State Parks

Many of Alabama's state parks will offer free admission on Friday. The park system is using the 200th day of the year to celebrate the state's 200th birthday.

Twenty-one different parks span the state and feature the diversity of Alabama's landscape.

"We offer a huge range of geographical features," said Kevin Jones, the marketing specialists for Alabama State Parks. "You go from the beaches at Gulf State Park, and then you travel north through north Alabama and you're getting to the foothills of the Appalachians."

Huntsville Museum of Art

(Huntsville, AL)-- It was two hundred years ago today when delegates from across the Alabama territory made their way to Huntsville. They were gathering for a constitutional convention to draft a document that would make Alabama a U.S. state. The document they came up with, along with the five constitutions that followed it are back in Huntsville where it all began.

(OPP, Ala.)-- Multiple festivals are taking place across the state as Alabama celebrates its bicentennial. But there is an event that takes place every year in Opp, Alabama that has some people’s skin crawling.  


Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, or Crotalus adamanteus, were the slithering stars of the 59th annual Rattlesnake Rodeo about 85 miles south of Montgomery.


Stan Ingold / Alabama Public Radio


This year we’re studying at all of Alabama’s Capitals. We have already looked at the territorial capital of St. Stephens and the controversial role Huntsville plays in the story. This time we're looking at Alabama’s first official state capital…one that was built out of the wilderness…

     Its quiet and peaceful at this remote location in south central Alabama on the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba rivers. But at one time, this was the bustling capital city of the newly formed state of Alabama. 

Alabama Department of Archives and History

As part of our way of looking at Alabama’s bicentennial we’re taking a looking at each of Alabama’s past capitals. The second capital we’re looking at holds that title with a little controversy.              

In 1809 the town of Twickenham was founded by Leroy Pope near a spring in northeast Alabama. It was named after the town in England, however, that name would not stick…

1811 Twickenham changed the name to Huntsville.

Stan Ingold

We’re almost halfway through Alabama’s bicentennial celebrations. One interesting aspect of Alabama’s history is the number of cities that served as capital of the yellowhammer state. A-P-R’s Stan Ingold went to each one to find out more about Alabama’s moving capitals. Today, we go visit St. Stephens, Alabama’s capital when it was just a territory…

The state is locating farms that have been in the same family for at least 200 years as part of Alabama's bicentennial commemoration.  

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries says it wants to highlight farms that have been owned by the same family for at least 200 years. But first, the agency has to locate those operations.

Alabama Historical Association Meeting in Auburn

Apr 21, 2017

Alabama is getting the chance to celebrate its state history in Auburn this weekend.

The Alabama Historical Association is holding its 70th annual meeting at Auburn University this weekend. The meeting is open to anyone who shares an interest in Alabama’s history from its founding and through modern times. It will feature papers on Alabama history and tours of historic houses and sites around Auburn University. The meeting will also feature two keynote speakers, whose speeches will be themed around Alabama’s upcoming Bicentennial and the state’s history during World War One.

Major Renovations for Constitution Village

Sep 13, 2016

Constitution Village in northeast Alabama will be getting a major facelift soon.

Supporters of the attraction in Huntsville are planning the extensive renovation project as the city prepares for Alabama’s Bicentennial celebration in 2019.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle referred to the project as a rare opportunity to celebrate Huntsville’s importance to the state of Alabama and to the nation.

Lieutenant Governor of Alabama

Alabama's 200th birthday is coming up, and the state is looking for someone to be in charge of the party.

Directors of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission are now accepting resumes for the position of executive director.

The vice chairman of the commission, state Tourism Director Lee Sentell, said Saturday the celebration will culminate in 2019. That's the 200th anniversary of Alabama's establishment as a state in 1819.

Some Alabama legislators are trying to start planning now for the state's bicentennial in 2019.

Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur got the Senate to pass a resolution Thursday setting up the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. The commission would plan and develop activities to celebrate Alabama becoming a state in 1819. Orr said the commission will have members representing state government, tourism and historic preservation. The members will only receive reimbursement for travel.