Alabama

 

Sweet Home Alabama  

 

I grew up on Skynyrd and “Sweet Home Alabama” So it’s no wonder that the state holds a special place in my heart. 

I’ve been through many times and it is always “SWEET” (and I always sing the song in my head)

 

A little history:

Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819 and on January 28, 1846, Montgomery was selected as capital of Alabama.

“Heart of Dixie” is now Alabama’s common nickname.  But that was not always the case. It was once called “The Cotton State”. as a matter of fact, cotton was so important for the state that it was at one time referred to as  “King Cotton”. These days there is much less cotton grown in the state and soybeans have taken over as the major crop.

Another commodity that was central to Alabama in the early 1900’s was slave labor. Montgomery was the first capital of the Confederacy. Alabama played an important role in the Civil War and in the years that followed. It became front and center in the Civil Rights movement and home to some of the icons of the era.

Who’s Who:

Jeff Davis: He and his family lived in the “White House” of the Confederacy in Montgomery.

Booker T. Washington: Founded Tuskegee Institute in 1881.

George Washington Carver: A famous scientist that taught at Tuskegee Institute. As a scientist, he came up with around 50 products that could be made from sweet potatoes and a whopping 300 from peanuts (including soap and ink).

Rosa Parks: The woman most known for the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She refused to ride in the back of the bus in 1955 and thus helped start the modern civil rights movement.

Helen Keller, was a blind and deaf girl that lived in silence until she was eight. At which age she learned to speak and use sign language. After such time she went on to graduate college, traveled the world, and wrote many books. She taught the world anything is possible, no matter what your disability is.

Many other famous people from the past and present are also proud to have called Alabama home. Harper Lee, Hank Aaron, Courteney Cox, Percy Sledge, and Channing Tatum are just a few of my personal favorites.

Much more to offer:

Alabama is also full of strange and odd finds. You can find everything from a hermit hut to your unclaimed baggage here.  It is a place of history, fame, controversy, and fun. It has some of the most beautiful views and unique finds. All of this makes Alabama a place I love to visit.

 

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