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Alabama kicks off bicentennial year

December 14, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama is beginning a year of events leading up to its 200th birthday next year.

Gov. Kay Ivey joined other leaders at the Capitol in Montgomery on Friday at an event introducing a yearlong countdown to Alabama’s bicentennial on Dec. 14, 2019.

Bicentennial committees have been formed in each of the state’s 67 counties to plan and coordinate events leading up to the bicentennial celebration. Over the next year, 225 cities and communities across the state will hold more than 400 events.

In a statement, Ivey said the state will focus on the story “told by our people.”

“And that is who we are celebrating: The Alabamians who got us here, all the men and women across our state today and the future generations of Alabamians who will help take us to even greater heights,” she said.

Alabama became the nation’s 22nd state on Dec. 14, 1819. Aside from community events marking the anniversary of that day, educators are being offered ideas for including the bicentennial in classroom teaching.

Statewide, 200 schools have been selected as Alabama Bicentennial Schools and will have bicentennial projects.

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