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5 Fun Facts About September 29 In Alabama History

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1. On September 29, 1909, the Boll Weevil Monument was dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama. The monument commemorates the insect that devastated cotton crops in the area, leading farmers to diversify their crops and ultimately improving the local economy.

2. On September 29, 1958, the Birmingham Campaign for Civil Rights began with a boycott of downtown stores and institutions that practiced segregation. The boycott was led by Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth and eventually led to the desegregation of Birmingham's downtown area.

3. On September 29, 1962, the University of Alabama admitted its first African American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood. The move was met with resistance, including from Governor George Wallace, who famously stood in the doorway of the university's Foster Auditorium in an attempt to block their entry.

4. On September 29, 1993, the Birmingham Barons won the Southern League Championship, led by future MLB star Michael Jordan. The championship was the first for the team since 1987.

5. On September 29, 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall in southwest Louisiana, causing significant damage and power outages in parts of Alabama. The storm prompted one of the largest mass evacuations in U.S. history, with more than three million people leaving the affected areas.
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