200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

In March, the city of Florence will host two events celebrating the 200th anniversaries of Florence and the state of Alabama. The events include the unveiling of a historical marker and a performance by Native American writer Joy Harjo.

On March 12, 2018, the Florence Bicentennial Committee will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Florence by placing a historical marker in the center of its downtown district. Titled “Founding of Florence, March 1818,” the marker details the founding of the city and the people responsible for its organization. The event will be accompanied by a birthday celebration in Wilson Park, complete with cake, a reading of the city’s bicentennial proclamation, festive music, and souvenirs.

On March 15, 2018, the University of North Alabama in Florence will host a performance by Native American writer Joy Harjo, with a reception and book-signing to follow, as part of its Writer’s Series. The descendant of Red Stick leader Menawa, who led the fight against Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player. She is a member of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation and has published eight volumes of poetry and a memoir, among other works.

Both events are officially endorsed by the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. For more information, visit the Florence Bicentennial Committee’s Facebook page and the UNA Writer's Series webpage.