200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

The Selma-Dallas County 200 Committee held a kickoff ceremony on March 28 at the site of the state’s first permanent capital, Old Cahawba Archaeological Park. The committee announced a four-year bicentennial observance, adding an extra year to celebrate the founding of Selma in 1820.

Martha Lockett, a member of the committee, revealed the county’s first project, commemorative notecards created by local artists. Meant to create revenue for other projects, the hand-drawn cards will feature places in Dallas County, including historic churches and buildings.

Linda Derry, site director at Old Cahawba, also announced plans to bring a team of archaeologists to the park to research Alabama’s first statehouse. Derry says, “I’ve been here thirty years, and I’ve been wanting to work on the statehouse as an archaeologist, and I’m finally getting this opportunity…so I’m very excited about that.”

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