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5 Fun Facts About May 25 In Alabama History

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1. In 1961, Freedom Riders arrived in Montgomery on May 25, bringing attention to the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.
2. On May 25, 1865, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his troops to General William Sherman in Durham, North Carolina, effectively ending the Civil War in the south, including Alabama.
3. The Birmingham Barons baseball team played their first game at Rickwood Field on May 25, 1910, which would go on to become the oldest ballpark in America still in use.
4. In 1935, the state of Alabama authorized the establishment of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American military pilots who served during World War II.
5. On May 25, 1982, the Alabama Legislature approved a bill designating the southern pine cone as the official state flower of Alabama.
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