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Happy 199th birthday Alabama!

We rarely celebrate it anymore, but December 14 was unofficially observed by schools, women’s clubs, and patriotic societies as Alabama Day.  The date commemorates the day on which the state was formally admitted into the Federal Union. The celebration date was first suggested by Mrs. William E. Sorsby, nee Idyl King, of Birmingham.

State Bird and Flower

At the meeting of the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs in Selma, May 1898, Mrs. Sorsby called attention to this anniversary and urged its recognition generally. The Pierian Club at East Lake in Birmingham, Alabama. Through the efforts of Mrs. Sorsby on December 14, 1897, Alabama Day was designated.  Following the Selma convention, arrangements were made for exercises on December 14, 1899, under the auspices of the history department of the Birmingham Woman’s Club of which department Mrs. Sorsby was the director.

Alabama State Flag


From that date in 1899, for many years, under her direction, the day was celebrated in Birmingham. At her suggestion on June 18, 1903,  the Alabama Educational Association unanimously adopted Alabama Day for observance in the schools and on December 14, 1903, exercises were held very generally throughout the State.

The celebration of this anniversary is to encourage interest in the history of the State and stimulate higher patriotic ideals. This date was also the day fixed by the Alabama Society of New York City for its annual meetings. The Alabama Department of Archives and History suggests some activities for celebrating Alabama Day.


December 14, 1849: On the thirtieth anniversary of Alabama statehood the capitol in Montgomery is destroyed by fire. The building had been erected only two years earlier after Montgomery succeeded Tuscaloosa as the seat of state government. Construction of the new capitol was completed in 1851.


  1. Alabama Day Program, 1903; Trans. Ala. Hist. Society. 1899-1903, vol. 4, pp. 613-619; Birmingham Ledger, Nov. 18, Dec. 9, 1911,
  2. History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 1 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen


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  1. Does anyone have info on The Pierian Club at East Lake in Birmingham that was mentioned in this article? If so, please contact me as I would like to know more and especially a roster of members. Thanks so much.

  2. I really don’t remember this

  3. Happy birthday Alabama.
    My home sweet home.

  4. Yea,,, glad to be here in Alabama,,

  5. Happy Alabama Day Alabama.

  6. Great trivia for Old Ala Town friends.

  7. “My Home’s in Alabama,” always gets a huge response at an Alabama Concert.

  8. I sure wish i could have grown up in the South. My family is from Kentucky. But I was born and raised in MI

    1. And as someone from Kentucky said, “Kentucky is not the South, it’s the bottom of the North.”

    2. LOL, tell it to the good Corn bread and beans and Biscuits and gravy and salted hams…. My great grandparents lived on the KY, TN border.

  9. The constitutional convention met on July 5, 1819. Photos of Constitution Village in Huntsville, Alabama:

  10. Also my sister’s annetta millions birthday

  11. Brittany Harris Burks did you know this? That is pretty cool

  12. Thanks for info…..I did not know and was born and raised here!

  13. Do you mean Alabama is a State? I thought it was a football team.

    1. I am reading this one year after your post and I find it just plum hilarious…I thought the Governor was Nick Sabin…lol

  14. 8520 185035Simply a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw great style and design . 124944

  15. Alabama has a lot of history…..That kids are not taught in schools…..

  16. When I was in school, there were things that were never mentioned.They should teach everything and trust children to form their own values. Parents should start forming those values as soon as they are born.

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