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5 Fun Facts About February 3 In Alabama History

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1. In 1956, Autherine Lucy became the first African American student to enroll in the University of Alabama. However, her time at the university was short-lived as she faced strong backlash and harassment from students and community members. She was ultimately expelled for her own safety.

2. On February 3, 1836, the Alabama state constitution was adopted during the state's first constitutional convention in Huntsville. This constitution established the framework for Alabama's government and set boundaries for the state's judicial system.

3. The Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama was dedicated on February 3, 1989. The memorial honors the lives of those who lost their lives during the Civil Rights Movement and serves as a reminder of the importance of equal rights and justice for all.

4. In 1967, Marvin Warner was appointed as the first African American member of the Alabama House of Representatives since Reconstruction. Warner was a civil rights leader and worked tirelessly to improve voting rights and access to education for African Americans in Alabama.

5. The Battle of Atherton's Ferry took place on February 3, 1865, during the American Civil War. Union forces, led by General James H. Wilson, defeated Confederate troops at the ferry and prevented them from crossing the Tombigbee River, effectively ending Confederate control of the area.
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