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Cholera Epidemic of 1873

In 1873, just two years after its founding, Birmingham, was beset by a cholera epidemic that killed 128 people. The disease spread quickly through the city’s water supply. As the [more]

May 28, 2018


Pushmataha is perhaps the best-known Choctaw leader of the nineteenth century. He is most famous for negotiating treaties with the U.S. government that allied the Choctaws with the Americans against [more]

May 28, 2018

Richmond Pearson Hobson

Greensboro native Richmond Pearson Hobson represented Alabama’s Sixth District in Congress from 1907–1915. A naval officer, he gained fame during the 1898 Spanish-American War for sinking the collier USS Merrimac [more]

May 28, 2018

Helen Keller

Tuscumbia native Helen Keller is popularly remembered as the deaf and blind child who learned sign language from her teacher Anne Sullivan at the Keller home, Ivy Green. But during [more]

May 25, 2018


Sequoyah was one of the most influential men in Cherokee history. His greatest legacy was his invention of a written version of the Cherokee spoken language, created largely during his [more]

April 13, 2018


The city of Cullman was founded by Bavarian native Johann Cullman in 1873, when he convinced 15 other German families in Ohio to move with him to new land he [more]

February 20, 2018

Confederacy Government in Montgomery

On February 4th, 1861, delegates from the seceded southern states convened in Montgomery, Alabama, to establish the Confederate States of America. Montgomery was selected as the Confederate capital, and the [more]

February 9, 2018

Chief Menawa

Chief Menawa was a famous leader of the Red Stick faction of Creek Indians dedicated to preserving the traditions and culture of the Creek nation. The Red Stick loss at [more]

February 9, 2018

State Seal of Alabama

The Alabama State Seal, called the Great Seal, was first designed in 1817 by the governor of the Alabama Territory and later first governor of the state, William Wyatt Bibb. [more]

October 10, 2017

Free State of Winston

The Free State of Winston is a popular name given to Civil War-era Winston County, because of the county’s generally pro-Union stance and resistance to Confederate rule. Unionists opposed secession [more]

October 5, 2017