200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

Two monuments dedicated to WWI soldiers from the state were recently installed in Alabama.

On August 28, 2017, exactly one hundred years after the departure of the 167th U.S. Infantry Regiment from Montgomery, a bronze statue depicting the soldiers was unveiled at Montgomery’s Union Station. The Rainbow Soldier statue, designed by renowned British sculptor James Butler, was dedicated at a ceremony in downtown Montgomery with distinguished military leaders present, including Consul General of France Louis de Corail.

On November 12, a monument dedicated to honor those civilians who died in the Greater Shoals Area during World War I was installed in Sheffield. The ceremony, held at Oakwood Cemetery, featured a rifle salute by the American Legion Post 31 and a keynote address by former Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb.

From now until December 7, 2017, the Baldwin County Heritage Museum will host its annual Memories of Baldwin County exhibit. The exhibit is designed to educate guests and residents about the history of Baldwin County through World Wars I and II, and the Alabamians who served in the Armed Forces. The exhibit features various themed display boards, including the Ghost Fleet of Liberty Ships and Baldwin County’s POW Camps.

The free exhibit is open to the public every Wednesday—Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and is appropriate for all ages. Guided group tours are available upon request. For more information on the Memories of Baldwin County exhibit, visit the Baldwin County Heritage Museum on Facebook.

All events are officially endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. For more information on endorsed events, click here, or visit our community events calendar.