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5 Fun Facts About July 19 In Alabama History

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Here are 5 interesting facts about July 19 in Alabama history:

1. In 1817, the Alabama Territory was created by an act of Congress, with Saint Stephens as its capital.

2. On July 19, 1864, Union forces led by General Rousseau captured the city of Montgomery, the first capital of the Confederacy, during the American Civil War.

3. On July 19, 1967, Alabama Governor Lurleen Wallace signed a bill that repealed the state's ban on interracial marriage, making Alabama the last state in the US to legalize interracial marriage.

4. In 1976, Montgomery native and former governor of Alabama, George Wallace, was shot and paralyzed while campaigning for the presidency in Maryland.

5. On July 19, 2014, the city of Birmingham celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer, a campaign to register African American voters in the Deep South during the civil rights movement.
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