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5 Fun Facts About September 28 In Alabama History

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Here are five interesting facts about September 28 in Alabama history:

1. In 1864, during the Civil War, General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his Confederate cavalry attacked Athens, Alabama, five times in one day, but were ultimately repelled by Union forces.

2. On September 28, 1899, the cornerstone was laid for the Alabama State Capitol building in Montgomery, which took six years to complete.

3. In 1915, a violent tornado struck the town of Hanceville, Alabama, killing at least eight people and injuring many more.

4. September 28, 1965, marked the first day of racially integrated classes at Tuskegee University, which was previously an all-black institution.

5. In 1991, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the murder conviction of Anthony Ray Hinton, a black man who had spent nearly 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. His case became a national symbol of racial injustice in the criminal justice system.
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