History

History holds magnificent power; it can make us wiser, smarter and overall better as a society. Take a step back in time and watch history unfold at the many historical sites scattered all throughout the state. Alabama is home to one of the most complete records of prehistoric cultures in the Southeast. It is home to grounds of historical battles like the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the Battle of Mobile Bay. In Alabama, you can walk the grounds of places and relive events that forever changed our nation and our world. Go ahead and dive deeper into the past. You never know what you might find.

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New podcast tells the history of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama

The Alabama Tourism Department takes you behind the scenes of the Civil Rights Movement with the new Alabama Civil Rights Trail Podcast. This three-part series dives deeper into the people, places and events that played a role in the movement and establishes their relevance to present-day activism. 

The series includes conversations with professors, historians and civil rights activists, including Bernard LaFayette Jr., Rev. Arthur Price Jr., Sarah Collins Rudolph, Betty Strong Boynton and Wanda Battle. Each episode allows the listener to hear real stories from real people who served on the frontlines of the movement as well as who  played a role in some of the most pivotal moments in history. 

This podcast series tells the stories of foot soldiers in such a way that they will remain on the mind of the listener and will be shared for generations to come. Listeners not only will hear these stories, but they also will hear from historians and other experts who can put these stories and events into context, and remind us why events that happened decades ago remain relevant in today’s world. 

Episode one examines the story of  the Freedom Riders, a group of college students who were prepared to risk it all to end segregation on public transportation by riding Greyhound buses through...

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Free Attractions in Sweet Home Alabama

From immersing yourself in the arts to diving into history, there are plenty of things to do in Sweet Home Alabama that...
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Tour the Alabama Civil Rights Trail

The U.S. Civil Rights Trail features locations from 14 states that continue to play an important role in the fight for...
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The Most Haunted Places in Alabama

Everyone loves a good ghost story, and Sweet Home Alabama has plenty of them. From North Alabama to South Alabama, the...
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Featured Locations & Events

Whether it's enlightening your mind to our state's past or walking in the footsteps of iconic figures, Alabama has some of the greatest history experiences waiting for you.

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Landmarks & Museums

Explore these attractions and more when you visit our historical destinations.

Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

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Richards-DAR House Museum

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Helen Kellers Birthplace and Home

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First White House of the Confederacy

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Confederate Memorial Park

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Moundville Archaeological Park

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Bragg-Mitchell Mansion

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Richards-DAR House Museum

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Helen Kellers Birthplace and Home

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First White House of the Confederacy

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Confederate Memorial Park

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Moundville Archaeological Park

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Find an Alabama History Experience

Explore history locations and attractions you should visit the next time you're here.
Historic Site
600 Dexter Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
Experience more than 150 years of history, art and architecture. Restored chambers, Civil War-era appearance, majestic rotunda. Gift shop.
Historic Site
1031 Gurnee Avenue & Old Birmingham Hwy./AL Route 202
Anniston, AL 36201
Murals in the alleyways of the old Greyhound and Trailways Bus stations depict scenes from when the Freedom Riders were attacked here on May 11, 1961. Freedom Riders Park under development. Greyhound Bus Station: Site of first att...
Historic Site
202 S. Autauga St.
Autaugaville, AL 36003
Historical marker located on corner of "America's First Crossroads" at Autauga and Academy Sts. The 1896 house is perfect for weddings, receptions, luncheons, reunions, and more.
Museum
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Junior Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35203
Largest municipal museum in Southeast. Permanent collection of 20,000+ objects dating from ancient to modern times. Sculpture garden. Fine dining at Oscar's.
Museum
116 Soulard Square
Bridgeport, AL 35740