Alabama was the twenty-second state to be admitted to the union. The state’s name originates from Alibamu, which means “tribal town” in the Creek Indian language.
Montgomery, Alabama is the capital and the birthplace of the Confederate States of America. The Confederate flag was designed and first flown in Alabama in 1861. Alabama residents are called Alabamians or Alabamans.
Famous people from Alabama include author and educator Helen Keller, entertainer Nat “King” Cole, actress Tallulah Bankhead, track and field star Jesse Owens, actor Jim Nabors, singer and songwriter Hank Williams, World Heavyweight Champion boxer Joe Louis, To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, Friends actress Courteney Cox, Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, Charlie’s Angels actress Kate Jackson, and civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
Huntsville, Alabama Postcard
The Rocket City
- Postcard Dimensions: 4.25″ x 5.6″ (portrait)
- Original Poster Art in a Classic Vintage Style
- Printed on ultra-heavy 110 lb, 12.5 point thick, semi-gloss paper
Huntsville, Alabama is nicknamed “The Rocket City” because of its close association with NASA and the U.S. Army. The once quiet town was transformed into a major center for high technology during World War II. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is open to the public and houses the world’s largest collection of rockets and space artifacts. Millions of guests from all over the world have visited the birthplace of America’s space program. With many simulators and hands-on exhibits, the museum showcases the past, present, and future of human spaceflight.
Alabama State Symbols
State Bird Yellowhammer and State Flower Camellia
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Where is Alabama?
Can you find Alabama on the United States map? Hint: Alabama is bordered by Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida. Southwest Alabama borders the Gulf of Mexico for 60 miles.
Hank Aaron and Willie Mays
Willie Howard Mays, Jr. was born in Westfield, Alabama on May 6, 1931. “The Say Hey Kid” was a Major League Baseball (MLB) center fielder from 1951 through 1973. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama on February 5, 1934. “Hammerin’ Hank” was a MLB right fielder from 1954 through 1976, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.
Alabama State Quarter
Many Alabama facts are shared on the U.S. Mint’s collectible state quarter.
Images: Native daughter Helen Keller (born on June 27, 1880, in Tuscumbia, Alabama), Miss Keller’s name in English and braille, “Spirit of Courage” banner, long-leaf pine branch, magnolia blossoms, year of statehood (1819), year coin was minted (2003), E Pluribus Unum (motto from the Great Seal of the United States)
Alabama State Flag
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