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.

Civil Rights Legacy
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a time for quiet reflection on the man who shaped the Civil Rights Movement.

Next Monday, we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. The state of  Alabama played a critical role in the Civil Rights Movement. King wrote a letter from his Birmingham jail cell after being arrested in April of 1963 for violating Alabama’s mass public demonstration law, as outlined on the King Institute’s website. The letter was in response to clergymen’s criticism of the Civil Rights campaign.  One event leading up to his arrest was the march from the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church to a police wagon. Once in his cell, King penned a letter that was republished in the New York Post, Ebony Magazine and the Birmingham News, which criticized the “wait” mentality white clergymen were supporting during that time. In essence, they wanted those campaigning for Civil Rights to “stand down” and called them extremists. 

An excerpt of the letter: 

“Never before have I written so long a letter. I’m afraid it is much too long to take your precious time. I can assure you that it would have been much shorter if I had been writing from a comfortable desk, but what else can one do when he is alone in a narrow jail cell, other than write long letters, think long thoughts and pray long prayers?” (King, Why, 94–95).

From the King Institute...

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Plan a Fun-Filled Family Getaway to Alabama’s Museums and Attractions This Holiday Season.

With the holidays upon us and kids are on a break from school, you may have more time on your hands than you know what to...
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One of Alabama’s most historic cities is also the state’s most haunted.

The City of Selma is one of Alabama’s most historic as well as one of its most haunted. Ghost hunters have discovered...
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Plan your road trip through Alabama’s Red Hill Region

The Red Hills region of Alabama is known as the Black Belt because its rich, black soil made the area a prime location...
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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

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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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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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Historic Site
915 South Jackson Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
Alabama State University is located in historic Montgomery, Ala., on a beautiful 172-acre campus featuring lush landscaping, historic landmarks and both modern and traditional facilities that pay homage to the University’s proud past and bright future.
Historic Site
52922 AL-59, Stockton, Alabama
Stockton, AL 36507
Bartram Trail Marker
Outdoor Recreation Site
22nd Avenue
Valley, AL 36854
A 7.5 mile long walking/biking/running trail in Valley, Alabama that runs through four historic districts of town (Fairfax, Langdale, Riverview and Shawmut) that were once serviced by the railroad. The trail traces the path of the...
Outdoor Recreation Site
6514 Weaver Road
Anniston, AL 36206
The Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama’s first extended rails to trails project. It extends over 33 miles and connects the cities of Anniston, Weaver, Jacksonville, and Piedmont as it travels through Calhoun and Cleburne Counties.
Historic Site
1800 3rd Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020