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The Alabama Territory was created in 1817 and Alabama's population increased sufficiently that U.S. President Monroe signed the enabling act for statehood on March 2, 1819. Alabama became the 22nd state on December 14, 1819.

Alabama has an abundant collection of museums to learn the story of the state and its people. From the birthplace of Helen Keller to birth of the Civil Rights Movement, discover struggles and accomplishments of Alabama's past. Visit the actual Civil Rights Movement sites in Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma and Tuskegee where events that galvanized the world also made a nation view its fellow men and women with equality and respect.

Alabama's grand homes also have many stories to tell in almost every corner of the state. Civil War heritage in Alabama is complex and diverse, with many historically significant sites and museums to visit.

Alabama is also rich in Native American history. The tribes and traditions of Alabama's Native Americans live on at many sites throughout the state.

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