Wednesday, January 14, 2009

World Wednesday: Alabama

Martin Luther King Jr fought for equal rights in many cities and states across the US. He worked particularly hard in Alabama which is why I have chosen to study Alabama this week.

Flag: see picture at top of post; crimson St. Andrew's cross on a field of white

Capital: Montgomery

Other major cities: Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, Tuscaloosa

Admitted to statehood: December 14, 1819, 22nd US state

Size: 30th largest state at 52,423 square miles

Location: southeastern United States, between Georgia (eastern border) and Mississippi (western border), borders Tennesee on the north and much of it's southern border is shared with Florida, though it also has a 53 mile stretch on it's southern border along the Gulf of Mexico

Governor: Bob Riley

Motto: Audemus jura nostra defendere (We dare to defend our rights)

Nickname: The Yellowhammer State

Population: 4,447,100 (23rd in US)

Bird: Yellowhammer

Flower: Camellia

(some) Famous Alabamians
Hank Aaron, baseball player (Mobile)
Nat King Cole, musician (Montgomery)
Helen Keller, author/educator (Tuscumbia)
Coretta Scott King, civil rights leader and wife of Dr. King (Marion)
Harper Lee, author (Monroeville)
Carl Lewis, Olympian track athlete (Birmingham)
Joe Louis, boxer (Lexington)
Willie Mays, baseball player (Westfield)
Jim Nabors, actor (Sylacauga)
Rosa Parks, civil rights activist (Tuskegee)
Hank Williams, musician (Georgiana)

Helpful Links
Blank map of Alabama

Alabama state trivia and answer sheet

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