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5 Fun Facts About June 21 In Alabama History

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1. The summer solstice occurs on June 21, which is the longest day of the year and marks the official beginning of summer in Alabama.

2. On June 21, 1964, civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner were murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Neshoba County, Mississippi. The three men had been working to register African Americans to vote in nearby Alabama.

3. In 2019, June 21 was declared "Alabama Grown Farmers Market Day" by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. The day is meant to celebrate the state's farmers markets and their contributions to local communities and economies.

4. On June 21, 1832, the Creek Indians surrendered their remaining land in Alabama to the United States government, marking the end of the Creek War of 1813-14 and the removal of the Creek people from Alabama.

5. Alabama's state motto, "Audemus jura nostra defendere" (Latin for "We Dare Defend Our Rights"), was adopted on June 21, 1939. The motto is meant to reflect the state's independent spirit and its commitment to defending its sovereignty and values.
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