- The state capital, Montgomery, became the
provisional capital of the Confederate States of
America in 1861 and is popularly known as the
Cradle of the Confederacy.
- Alabama received its name from the Alabama River,
which in turn was named after a Native American
tribe who inhabited the region at the time the
first Europeans arrived. The name is believed to
be a combination of two Chocta words roughly
meaning vegetation (alba) and gatherer (amo)
which were applied to the Alabama, or Alibamon,
- While the state proudly displays its 'Heart of
Dixie' nickname on vehicle license plates,
Alabama is also known as the Yellowhammer State.
This nickname dates from the American Civil War
(1861-1865), when a company of Alabama soldiers
decked their uniforms with yellow trimmings that
resembled the wing patches of the yellowhammer.
- Alabama was the first state to recognize Christmas as an official holiday