200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

Montgomery, AL (October 24, 2018) The Alabama Bicentennial Commission is proud to announce a new milestone. More than 200 local committees have formed across the state to celebrate Alabama’s bicentennial in 2019. 

The official tally is 205 local committees, representing 48 counties and 157 cities and towns. Though Alabama’s bicentennial year is in 2019, state planning committees have been gathering for more than three years to coordinate statewide activities, projects and initiatives. To inspire participation, the Alabama Bicentennial Commission charged communities with the task of honoring their people and places. 

 

“I love that the Alabama Bicentennial Commission encouraged each county and community to form their own bicentennial committees,” said Sally Warden, Huntsville/Madison County Committee Chair. “By having local bicentennial committees, in addition to the statewide Alabama Bicentennial Committee, we are able to focus on activities that are special to our own community’s history. There is so much excitement and sense of pride throughout Alabama as we celebrate our bicentennial!”

 

For some, participating in the bicentennial celebrations has deepened their sense of community. In areas like Cullman, these commemorations have been an opportunity to see how their people helped shaped the state. 

 

“The Cullman County Bicentennial Committee has been a wonderful experience in building community,” said Drew Green, Chairman of the Cullman County Committee. “From the former slaves of Colony who created a safe haven for African-Americans, which has been a harbor even to the modern civil rights movement, to German immigrant John Cullmann, who dreamed of founding a community, Cullman County is an important part of the history of Alabama and an example of how working together as a community brings success and flourishing to all members. This is true of the Cullman County Bicentennial Committee as well.”   

 

Alabama’s bicentennial commemoration has been an occasion for communities to not only collaborate, but to also come together for a united cause. “Community is a powerful word,” said Felisha Anderson, Baldwin County Committee Chairman. “Alabama 200 is a celebration that will impact the lives of citizens throughout the state. The simple act of celebrating and promoting this state’s rich history enabled a group of people to go from merely knowing our state’s and its counties’ histories to becoming one statewide community that has come together for a cause.” 

 

Anderson added, “Community becomes even more powerful when it includes everyone.” 

 

Committee organizers offered advice to those who haven’t yet formed a committee or for those who aren’t sure how they can celebrate. 

 

“It doesn’t necessarily take a lot of money or time to focus on the bicentennial,” said Warden. “Whatever it is that makes your community special, use the bicentennial as a reason to celebrate– you don’t want to miss this party!” 

 

Interested communities can still put their hometown on the map and be a part of the commemoration. For those communities who have not yet formed a committee or made commemoration plans, “you are missing out on an opportunity to organize, plan and promote your county’s beauty and rich history,” Anderson said. 

 

To learn more about the bicentennial or how to form a committee in your area, please visit www.alabama200.org.