Entered the Union: December 14, 1819
As the: 22nd state
Motto: Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere (We Dare Defend Our Rights)
Nickname: The Heart of Dixie, The Cotton State, The Yellowhammer State
Sports Teams: None
Origin of Name: May come from Choctaw word meaning "thicket-clearers" or "vegetation-gatherers"
Major Industries: Paper, Chemicals, and Rubber and Plastics
Historical Sites: Montgomery, founding site of the Confederate States of America in 1861, and later the site of the Montgomery bus boycotts in the 1950s and 1960s; Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in downtown Montgomery, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., served as minister; the Tuskegee Institute, founded by Booker T. Washington in 1881
Points of Interest: Ivy Green, the birthplace of Helen Keller in Tuscambia; the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville; and the White House of the Confederacy in Montgomery
Bordering States: Alabama borders Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.