The History of Alabama Day – A tradition since 1819
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller
Alabama Day is a holiday celebrated on Dec. 14 to commemorate Alabama’s admission to the union as the 22nd state in 1819.
Alabama has 67 counties, spanning more than 52,000 miles and is home to over five million people.
The Director of the University of Alabama’s Natural History Museum Dr. John Friel said Alabama is unique because it’s one of the most biodiverse states in the country.
“The fact that we were never glaciated during the ice ages, a lot of species that went extinct in other places were able to survive here in Alabama,” said Dr. Friel. “We have everything from beaches all the way up to the mountains, even the Appalachian mountains depending on which way they go.”
If you’re interested in learning more about Alabama’s history, spend some time visiting the Natural History Museum or one of the university’s other museums.