200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

On Thursday, July 20, members of the Lee County Bicentennial Committee and Lee County citizens gathered outside the Opelika Courthouse to promote the county joining the statewide bicentennial celebration.

The festivities began with a flag ceremony by Troupes 7230 and 7283 of the Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama and an invocation by Reverend Robert Cadenhead of Macedonia Baptist Church. Noteworthy attendees were Auburn Mayor Bill Hamm, Alabama Representative Mike Rogers, Mayor of Loachapoka Zach Homes, and Director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History Steve Murray.

Alabama Bicentennial Commission co-chair Claire Wilson introduced the newly passed resolution signed by Auburn, Loachapoka, Opelika, and Smiths Station that endorsed participation in the bicentennial celebrations. Fellow co-chair Sidney Nakhjavan noted that the Lee County Bicentennial Committee will seek to endorse 200 events, programs, or tributes up until December 2019 in accordance with the committee’s theme “200 Tributes for 200 Years.”

Chairman Bill English of the Lee County Commission and Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller explained the history behind the creation of the Alabama Territory and subsequent statehood. Other distinguished Lee County officials continued the explanation for the bicentennial celebration and the educational and commemorative aspects it offers.

Steve Murray expressed his gratitude for the involvement of Lee County. “There is no community in the state that has engaged this effort more actively and energetically than Lee County.” He continued, encouraging other counties to follow suit in the three-year celebration. “We have a wide and ambitious set of programs across the state that will give opportunities to engage in the state's past.”