Huntsville and Madison County leaders reveal plans for Alabama’s 200th birthday

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. -- Huntsville and Madison County leaders revealed their plans for Alabama's 200th birthday next year!

Celebrations in honor of the bicentennial have been going on across the state for the past two years.

"Two hundred years ago, the state of Alabama was born right here in Huntsville, Alabama," explained Sally Warden, the Bicentennial Committee Executive Director. We were the birthplace of Alabama. In the summer of 1819, right in downtown Huntsville, 44 delegates convened to write the constitution for the state of Alabama. Alabama was thus born, and of those 44 delegates, eight were from Madison County.

The announcement happened at Huntsville at Constitution Hall. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison Mayor Paul Finley were in attendance, as well as 75 partner organizations to discuss the plans and how the public can be involved.

A few specific events include:

  • "Making Alabama" traveling exhibit, June-June, 2019, Huntsville Botanical Garden: This free, interactive exhibit, sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, will travel to all 67 Alabama counties.
  • "We the People: Alabama's Defining Documents", June 30-August 11, 2019, Huntsville Museum of Art: This exhibit, by the Alabama Department of Archives and History, features all six of Alabama's constitutions. These one-of-a-kind documents have been totally restored in honor of the bicentennial and will be making their debut viewing in Huntsville.
  • Legislative Bicentennial Kick-off Celebration and unveiling of the Alabama postage stamp, February 23, 2019, Constitution Hall Park.
  • Launch of the historic replica of the Ditto Landing ferry, Spring 2019, Ditto Landing
  • Re-enactment of President James Monroe's 1829 surprise visit to Huntsville and toasting banquet, June 1, 2019, COnstitiution Hall Park.