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Alabama is the only state with all major natural resources needed to make iron and steel. It is also the largest supplier of cast-iron and steel pipe products.
Montgomery is the capital and the birthplace of the Confederate States of America. The Confederate flag was designed and first flown in Alabama in 1861. On January 11, 1861 Alabama becomes the fourth state to secede from the Union. During the mid-20th century, Montgomery was a major site of events in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Selma to Montgomery marches
Boxer Joe Louis was born in Lexington in 1914. He died in 1981. Baseball player Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron was born in Mobile in 1934. Baseball player Willie Howard Mays was born in Westfield in 1931.
The original inhabitants of Alabama were:
The Alabama tribe
The Biloxi tribe
The Cherokee tribe
The Chickasaw tribe
The Choctaw tribe
The Koasati tribe
The Muskogee (Creek) tribe(including the Abihka, Coosa, and Tallapoosa)
This song is listed on youtube as being a Cherokee Mourning Song.
So much of this journey leads back to times when native people were removed from their homes, their families destroyed and their history stolen. Following this journey allows me the chance to learn about each of the state's we visit and hear a bit of the history around these tribes. I so much long for more information around these groups and would love to be able to trace my own family history. Sadly, much of my family in those generations past were ashamed of their link to these native people and removed them from our history. I have nothing to show for my connection to these lands but my drive for honesty and my hope that all people are able to live their lives in the manner that allows them to prosper, to love and to grow.
Sending out light and love to the great state of Alabama.
Namaste & Blessed Be!