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5 Fun Facts About March 6 In Alabama History

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1. On March 6, 1861, the Montgomery Convention officially adopted the "Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union." This document served as a justification for secession by several southern states and ultimately led to the Civil War.

2. On March 6, 1938, civil rights activist and politician Amelia Boynton Robinson was brutally beaten by state troopers during the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama. This event drew national attention to the struggle for voting rights in the South and contributed to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

3. On March 6, 1957, the Alabama State Council on the Arts was established by Governor James Folsom. This organization works to promote and support the arts throughout the state and has helped to foster the growth of Alabama's vibrant arts community.

4. On March 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law. This landmark legislation outlawed discriminatory voting practices and helped to ensure that all Americans had equal access to the ballot box.

5. On March 6, 2000, the USS Alabama battleship was officially designated as the state's official military museum. The ship, which served in World War II and the Korean War, is now open to the public and serves as a living monument to Alabama's military history.
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