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5 Fun Facts About March 26 In Alabama History

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1. On March 26, 1814, the Battle of Horseshoe Bend took place in central Alabama, where General Andrew Jackson led American forces to victory against a faction of the Creek Native American tribe. 800 Creek warriors were killed, and the battle effectively ended the Creek War.

2. In 1873, the town of Enterprise, Alabama was founded on March 26. Once known for its agricultural exports, Enterprise is now a hub for arts and cultural events in the region.

3. On March 26, 1937, a tornado struck the town of New Hope, Alabama, killing 34 people and injuring over 100. The storm is still regarded as one of the deadliest in Alabama's history.

4. In 1956, Rosa Parks spoke to a crowd of civil rights activists in Mobile, Alabama on March 26. Parks, who had famously refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery the previous year, urged the crowd to keep up the fight for equal rights.

5. On March 26, 1998, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opened in Birmingham, Alabama. The museum is dedicated to promoting civil and human rights through education and community outreach, and is one of the few institutions of its kind in the United States.
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