State Bicentennial events announced for Huntsville, Madison County

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At Alabama Constitution Hall, community leaders gathered to talk about Alabama’s history and ways folks in Madison County will be able to celebrate our state’s history in 2019.

“For the past two years in Alabama, we’ve focused on the people and the places. But in 2019, we are working on the stories in Alabama,” said Sally Ward, executive director of the Huntsville Madison County Bicentennial committee. “Here in Huntsville and Madison County, we have so many stories to tell about the history of Alabama — everything that’s taking place the past 200 years.”

Over 75 community organizations are partnering to tell those stories.

Events honoring the bicentennial start in February. A DNA Genealogy conference and Legislative Bicentennial Kick Off will be happening that month.

“We are inviting all 140 of our state legislators to experience where it all began in Huntsville. We’ll be having dinners and educational sessions for them but for the public, we will have the unveiling of the Alabama postage stamp.”

You’ll also notice new street signs in downtown Huntsville.

“One of the interesting pieces of history about the Huntsville area is that the downtown streets are almost identical from what they were in 1819. Huntsville department of traffic and engineering has created some beautiful signage that will take the place of the normal green signage you see for the bicentennial year,” said Ward.

See below for a list of bicentennial honoring events.

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