Alabama Day was first celebrated statewide in 1903. In 1923 the Alabama Legislature adopted a resolution calling for the observance of the day at the urging of the Alabama Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
To celebrate Alabama Day I present a few Alabama artifacts from my personal collection. They include, at top left, a Native American arrowhead that I found in the Buttahatchee River in Marion County; at top right are pieces of broken glass from the same river; at bottom right is another artifact that I found on top of the ground and at bottom left is an oddly shaped rock that I found in the river.
The jagged edges of the glass have been smoothed down from years of washing down the river. I arranged them in the shape of the Alabama state flag, a St. Andrew’s Cross.
Here are some fun Alabama facts from the Alabama Department of Archives and History website:
The first Alabama constitutional convention met in Hunstville at Walker Allen’s cabinet shop.
The first electric streetcar in the world ran down Dexter Avenue in Montgomery. It was nicknamed the Lightning Route.
The first submarine, the C.S.S.Hunley was built in Mobile.
Rosa Parks started the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery and energized a national civil rights movement.
The first Mardi Gras ever in the United States happened in Mobile.
So when you are out and about today don’t be afraid to show your Alabama pride. As you wish everyone a “happy holiday”, throw in a “Happy Alabama Day” to boot. You can even throw in a "ya'll." And to make it even better crank up that southern accent a few notches! You'll be glad you did! Happy Alabama Day, ya'll!