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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: 2010 Demographic Profile — U.S. Census Bureau
|Governor||Robert Bentley (Republican, to January 2019)|
|Entered the Union||December 14, 1819
as the 22nd state
|Motto||Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere (We Dare Defend Our Rights)|
|Nickname||The Heart of Dixie, The Cotton State, The Yellowhammer State|
|Professional Sports Teams||No NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS, or NHL teams.
(sports listing policy)
|Origin of Name||May come from Choctaw word meaning “thicket-clearers” or “vegetation-gatherers”|
|Historical Sites||Montgomery, founding site of the Confederate States of America in 1861, and later the site of the Montgomery bus boycotts in the 1950s and 1960s; Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., served as minister; the Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881|
|Points of Interest||Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller in Tuscambia; the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville; and the White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery|
|Bordering States||Alabama borders Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.|
Follow these links to read articles about Alabama from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Offical State Links
- Alabama.gov: The Official Web Site of the State of Alabama
This is the official website for the State of Alabama.
- Alabama Public Library Service
Here is the homepage for the Alabama State Library Agency.
- The Alabama Historical Association
Here is the homepage for Alabama’s oldest statewide Historical Society.
- Alabama Department of Archives & History Museum
Here is the homepage for the Alabama State Museum.
- Alabama Department of Archives & History
Here is the homepage for the Alabama State Archives.
- Alabama State Parks
Here is the homepage for Alabama State Parks.
Here is the official state travel website for Alabama.
- Discover Alabama!
Here is the official Alabama Travel Council website.
- Kids Pages: Alabama Secretary of State
Here is the official Alabama site just for kids, developed by the Alabama Secretary of State office.
Other State Links
- 50states.com: Alabama
The site provides a wealth of information about Alabama. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
- Things To Do in Alabama
ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Alabama’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
- Roadside America: Alabama Attractions
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions.
- The Alabama Information Directory
This site provides information on Alabama business, education, government, history, tourism, weather, cities, and media.
- FedStats: MapStat: United States: Alabama
Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Alabama.
- The reason Alabama is called the “Heart of Dixie” originally had nothing to do with Alabama! Before the Civil War (1861-1865), the Citizens Bank of Louisiana issued $10 notes that bore the French word “dix” meaning 10. This led to the South becoming known as Dixieland, and since Alabama served as the capital of the Confederacy during the Civil War, it became known as the “Heart of Dixie.”
- The first statue ever erected in honor of an insect pest, Boll Weevil Monument, is in Enterprise.
- The Women’s Army Corp Museum at Fort McClellan, in Anniston, is the only museum in the world dedicated to women in the military.
- Dothan is the Peanut capital of the World, and fifty percent of all the peanuts produced in the U.S. are grown within 100 miles of Dothan.
Some Famous People from this State
- Hank Aaron, baseball player
- George Washington Carver, educator and agricultural chemist at Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute
- Nat King Cole, 1917-1965, pianist and singer
- Helen Keller, 1880-1968, author and educator about blindness
- Coretta Scott King, civil rights leader (with her husband, Martin Luther King, Jr.)
- Rosa Parks, 1913- , civil rights leader who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man
- Tuscaloosa, Choctaw chief