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Montgomery, Alabama

Alabama Facts

Alabama Facts

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.

Alabama State Capitol
600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36130

Huntsville, Alabama Postcard

The Rocket City

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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.

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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.

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Alabama State Motto
Audemus jura nostra defendere (Latin)
We dare defend our rights

Famous Alabamians

Hank Aaron and Willie Mays

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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)

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Entered Union: December 14, 1819
Rank: 22

Alabama State Flag

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Alabama State Nickname
The Yellowhammer State

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Alabama State Bird


Alabama State Bird

Alabama State Bird

The yellowhammer, more commonly known as the northern flicker, was designated the Alabama State Bird in 1927. The large, brown woodpecker has been a symbol of Alabama since the Civil War. That’s why Alabama is often called the “Yellowhammer State.”

The northern flicker is a common species and can be seen (and heard) year-round in Alabama. Unlike most woodpeckers, northern flickers have a limited hammering ability and prefer to forage on the ground. Their slightly curved bills are well suited for digging up insects and harvesting nuts, seeds, and berries. Yellowhammers make their homes in rotten, hollowed out trees, fence posts, and nest boxes–if they’re lucky enough to find a vacant one.

Northern Flicker Facts

Name: Northern Flicker
Scientific Name: Colaptes auratus
Habitat: Open woodlands, forests, streamside woods, flooded swamps, march edges, parks with scattered trees, suburbs
Food: Insects, especially ants and beetles, berries, seeds, small fruit
Fun Facts: Alabama is the only state in the Union that has a woodpecker as its official state bird. Yellowhammers adore ants and consume more of them than any other species of bird found in the United States. Once a yellowhammer discovers an ant nest, it will use its bill to stir things up. Then the yellowhammer laps up the scrambling ants with its long tongue.

Alabama State Bird Coloring Pages

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