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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Alabama’s Constitution And Statehood

 
 
Alabama’s Constitution And Statehood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 27, 2009
1. Alabama’s Constitution And Statehood Marker
Inscription. Before statehood, the Alabama Territory had only limited rights of self government. Between July 5 and August 2, 1819, forty-four delegates from across the Territory convened in Huntsville to draft a constitution for statehood. Lawyers, merchants, ministers, planters, farmers, and physicians gathered here to produce a legal framework for self-government to protect the sovereignty of the people. A firm belief in the separation of powers among the legislative, executive, and judicial branches led to one of the most democratic constitutions on the frontier. The document was a mixture of ideas reflecting the diversity of the delegates. The delegates preserved an independent judiciary and the right of the people to elect the governor and legislature by ballot. The constitution included the right to vote on amendments, making Alabama one of the first states in the young country to give its people direct participation in constitutional lawmaking. An entire section was devoted to education, stating that education "shall forever be encouraged in this state"

On August 2, 1819 the document was signed on this site in a cabinetmaker's shop, the largest public building in town. Like the delegates themselves, the constitution reflected the interests of every walk of life from frontiersman to professional. On December 14, 1819 President James
Tablet marking the spot where Alabama entered the Union image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 27, 2009
2. Tablet marking the spot where Alabama entered the Union
1819 - 1910 This tablet marks the spot where ALABAMA entered the Union. Erected by Chapter of Twickenham Town D. A. R.
Monroe signed the constitution and Alabama became the twenty-second state.
 
Erected 1997 by Alabama State Bar and The Huntsville-Madison County Bar Association.
 
Location. 34° 43.752′ N, 86° 35.034′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of Gates Avenue and Franklin Street S.E. on Gates Avenue. Click for map. Located near the entrance to the Alabama Constitution Village. Marker is at or near this postal address: 109 Gates Avenue, Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site - Alabama’s First Constitutional Convention (a few steps from this marker); Harrison Brothers Hardware (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tallulah Bankhead / I. Schiffman Building (about 400 feet away); Twickenham Historic District (about 400 feet away); The Church Of The Nativity, Episcopal (about 500 feet away); The Public Inn (about 500 feet away); Erected in 1835 (about 500 feet away); Howard Weeden Home (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Alabama Constitution Village website. (Submitted on January 18, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on the territorial period and early statehood.
Replica Of Alabama’s Constitution Hall image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 27, 2009
3. Replica Of Alabama’s Constitution Hall
(Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
 
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Inside view of Alabama's Constitution Hall (Cabinetmaker's shop) image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, June 27, 2009
4. Inside view of Alabama's Constitution Hall (Cabinetmaker's shop)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,513 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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