200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee, chaired by Alabama Department of Archives & History director emeritus Ed Bridges, brings together leadership and members of the bicentennial committees to ensure that plans are comprehensive and complementary.

  • Ed Bridges, Chair
    Director Emeritus
    Alabama Department of Archives & History
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  • Donna Baker
    Alabama Heritage, UA Press
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  • Carrie Banks
    Alabama League of Municipalities
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  • Hallie Bradley
    Alabama Power Company
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  • Roy Clem
    Alabama Public Television
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  • Jim Day
    Alabama Historical Commission
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  • Armand DeKeyser
    Alabama Humanities Foundation
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  • Al Head
    Alabama State Council of the Arts
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  • Lisa Jones
    Alabama Historical Commission
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  • Steve Murray
    Alabama Department of Archives & History
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  • Nancy Pack
    Alabama Public Library Service
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  • Karen W. Porter
    Alabama State Department of Education
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  • Tami Reist
    Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
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  • Dorothy Walker
    Freedom Rides Museum, Black Heritage Council
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Education Committee

Co-chaired by Steve Murray, director of the Alabama Department of Archives & History, and Karen Porter, Program Coordinator for the Alabama Reading Initiative at the Alabama State Department of Education, the Education Committee is charged with developing educational content and projects to promote history education in Alabama K-12 schools.

It is also dedicated to engaging higher education institutions, which will play an important role in many projects, as well as through internships, publications, and support of such important resources as the Encyclopedia of Alabama.

  • Steve Murray (Co-Chair) 
    Alabama Department of Archives & History
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  • Karen W. Porter (Co-Chair)
    Alabama State Department of Education
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  • Sandy Armstrong
    East Alabama Regional Inservice Center (EARIC)
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  • Jessica Averett
    American Village
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  • Jill M. Barry
    Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
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  • Alison Bolton
    Alabama Symphony
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  • Martha Bouyer
    Historic Bethel Baptist Church Foundation
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  • Cristin Brawner
    David Matthews Center for Civic Life
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  • Jacqueline A. “Jakki” Brooks
    Macon County Schools
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  • Peggy Chowning
    McWane Science Center
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  • T.C. Coley
    Alabama Education Association
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  • Rebecca Duke
    Gadsden Museum of Art
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  • Lydia Ellington
    Gorgas House Director
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  • Dale Fleury
    A+ College Ready
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  • Wesley Garmon
    Alabama Department of Archives & History
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  • Beth Goodwin
    The EarlyWorks Family of Museums
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  • Deborah Gray
    Tuskegee Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center
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  • Diana Greene
    Alabama State Council on the Arts
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  • Laura Hill
    Encyclopedia of Alabama
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  • Rebecca Hitt
    U.S. Space & Rocket Center
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  • Mary Hubbard
    Alabama School of Fine Arts
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  • Ove Jensen
    Fort Toulouse/Jackson Park Director
    Alabama Historical Commission
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  • Cindy Kirk
    Alabama Public Television
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  • Dr. John Kvach
    University of Alabama Huntsville
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  • Curt Long
    Alabama Symphony
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  • Elizabeth Lundey
    Auburn City Schools
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  • Theresa McCormick
    Auburn University
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  • T.C. McLemore
    Alabama Humanities Foundation
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  • Andy Meadows
    Alabama State Department of Education
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  • Jennifer Fondren
    History Museum of Mobile
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  • Dr. Linda Mitchell
    Jacksonville State University
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  • Deborah Morowski
    Auburn University
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  • Alice Novak
    Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
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  • Caroline Novak
    A+ Education Partnership
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  • Margaret O’Neal
    Tuscaloosa City Schools
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  • Melanie Poole
    American Village
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  • Jason Powell
    Petals from the Past
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  • Dr. Howard Robinson
    Alabama State University
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  • Tara Sartorius
    Alabama Alliance for Arts Education
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  • Catherine Shelton
    U.S. Space and Rocket Center
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  • Dr. Jack Shelton
    PACERS Inc.
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  • Deanna Sirkot
    Alabama Symphony
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  • Allie Sorlie
    Alabama Museum of Natural History
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  • Amanda Storey
    Jones Valley Teaching Farm
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  • Heather Tassin
    Horseshoe Bend National Military Park
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  • Joseph Trimble
    Trenholm State University
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  • Tom Walker
    American Village
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  • Ahmad Ward
    Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
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  • Sheila Washington
    Scottsboro Boys Museum
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Local Activities Committee

Co-chaired by Carrie Banks, communications director for the Alabama League of Municipalities, and Tami Reist, executive director of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association, the Local Activities Committee works with communities, counties, and organizations to establish bicentennial committees and plan projects.

  • Carrie Banks (Co-Chair)
    Alabama League of Municipalities
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  • Tami Reist (Co-Chair)
    Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
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  • Jennifer Ardis
    Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs
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  • Jeremy Arthur
    Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama
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  • Dean R. Argo
    Alabama ABC Board
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  • Marylon H. Barkan
    Main Street Alabama
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  • Joey Brackner
    Alabama State Council on the Arts
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  • Kirk Brooker
    Marengo County Historical Society, Inc.
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  • Wimberly Comer
    Black Belt Heritage Area
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  • Allison Dillon-Jauken
    The Arts Council of Huntsville
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  • Percy Gill
    Information Transport Solutions
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  • Deborah Gray
    Tuskegee History Center
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  • John Hardin
    Alabama Department of Archives and History
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  • Dawn Hathcock, TMP
    Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce
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  • Mary M. Helmer, CMSM
    Main Street Alabama
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  • Bob Hendrix
    Dothan Convention and Visitors Bureau
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  • Paul W. Kennedy
    Walker Area Community Foundation
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  • Margaret C. (Maggie) Lawrence
    Alabama Cooperative Extension System
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  • Teresa Lee
    City of Prattville
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  • Meg Lewis
    Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce/ Convention & Visitor Bureau
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  • Nisa Miranda
    University of Alabama Center for Economic Development
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  • Mary Ann Neeley
    Landmarks of Montgomery
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  • James M. “Mike” Oakley
    Alabama Power Company
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  • Robert Perry
    Sheffield Port Authority
    Chickasaw Council of Elders (Oklahoma)
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  • Terri Reynolds
    Association of County Commissions of Alabama
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  • Nancy Sanford
    Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
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  • William Scott
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  • Bobby Joe and Diane Seales
    Shelby County Historical Society
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  • Shirley Spears
    B.B. Comer Memorial Library
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  • Ted Spears
    Sylacauga Arts Council
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  • B.J. Smothers
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  • Nikki Sprader
    Town of Mooresville
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  • Joe A. Sumners, Ph.D.
    Economic & Community Development Institute
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  • Gayle Thomas
    Alabama Historical Association Advisory Board
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  • Melanie Thornton
    Historic Mobile Preservation Society
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  • Claire M. Wilson
    Encyclopedia of Alabama
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  • Warren “Billy” Young
    Alabama Department of Revenue
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Statewide Initiative Committee

Co-chaired by Donna Cox Baker, editor-in-chief of Alabama Heritage magazine, and Al Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Statewide Initiatives Committee is charged with planning and supporting traveling exhibitions, statewide commemorations, legacy projects, and other initiatives that serve the entire state.

  • Donna Cox Baker (Co-Chair)
    Alabama Heritage
    The University of Alabama Press
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  • Al Head (Co-chair)
    Alabama State Council on the Arts
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  • Cartledge Blackwell, ex officio
    Mobile Historic Development Commission
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  • Gail Andrews
    Birmingham Museum of Art
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  • Hallie Bradley
    Alabama Power Company
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  • Elizabeth Brock
    Center for Public Television and Radio
    University of Alabama
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  • Roy Clem
    Alabama Public Television
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  • T.C. Coley
    Dadeville, AL
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  • Mary Settle Cooney
    Tennessee Valley Arts Association
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  • George Culver
    Talladega Ritz
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  • Jim Day
    Alabama Historical Commission
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  • Armand DeKeyser
    Alabama Humanities Foundation
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  • Sharon Delmar
    Poarch Band of Creek Indians
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  • Lisa Jones
    Alabama Historical Commission
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  • Christopher Maloney
    Encyclopedia of Alabama
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  • Cheryl Morgan
    Auburn University
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  • Steve Murray
    Alabama Department of Archives and History
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  • Nancy Pack
    Alabama Public Library Service
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  • Lee Sentell
    Alabama Department of Tourism
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  • Robert Thrower, THPO
    Poarch Band of Creek Indians
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