Meet the Commission

ALABAMA 200 draws on the commitment and expertise of many. Find out more about the organizations and individuals who are involved.

Alabama Bicentennial Commission

Created to guide and support commemoration of the anniversary of Alabama’s statehood, the twelve-member Alabama Bicentennial Commission is chaired by Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur. Beginning in 2013, the commission established committees to plan and coordinate events and activities centered around education, statewide initiatives, and local activities.

These committees draw their membership from local government, small businesses and national corporations, volunteer organizations, schools and colleges, and everyday citizens who want to contribute.

Meet the Commission

Arthur Orr (Chair)
State of Alabama

Lee Sentell (Vice-Chair)
Alabama Department of Tourism

Mike Ball 
State of Alabama

Joel Anderson
Anderson Media

Cartledge Blackwell
Architectural Historian
City of Mobile

Hilary Claybourne
CCINC Innovative Strategies

Patricia Ford
State Black Archives Research Center & Museum

Priscilla Hancock Cooper
Vice President of Institutional Programs
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Steve Murray
Alabama Department of Archives & History

Tami Reist
Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association

Fitzgerald Washington
Secretary of Labor
Alabama Department of Labor

Bart Williams
Executive Director
EarlyWorks Family of Museums

Jay Lamar
Executive Director