Birthplace of

Author Helen Keller (1880–1968), civil rights activist Rosa Parks (1913–2005), musician Hank Williams (1923–53), baseball player Hank Aaron (b 1934), musician Emmylou Harris (b 1947), writer Fannie Flagg (b 1944)

Bitter Rivalry

University of Alabama vs Auburn University

Capital

Montgomery

Driving Distances

Montgomery to Birmingham 91 miles, Mobile to Dauphin Island 38 miles, Mobile to Tuscaloosa 196 miles

Famous for

Rosa Parks, the Civil Rights movement and football

Home of

The University of Alabama Crimson Tide

Major City

Birmingham

Nickname

The Heart of Dixie, The Yellowhammer State

Politics

Republican stronghold

Sales Tax

4%, but up to 11% with local taxes