Alabama kicking off bicentennial year

Alabama kicking off bicentennial year

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama is getting ready to celebrate its 200th birthday.

Gov. Kay Ivey will join other leaders in Montgomery on Friday at an event kicking off a yearlong countdown to Alabama’s bicentennial on Dec. 14, 2019.

Bicentennial committees have been formed in each of the state’s 67 counties to plan and coordinate events, and hundreds are planned statewide over the next year.

Alabama became the nation’s 22nd state on Dec. 14, 1819. Aside from community events, educators are being offered ideas for including the bicentennial in classroom teaching.

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