Decatur in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
A County Older Than The State, Morgan County
Named Morgan County in 1821 for Maj. Gen. Daniel Morgan, Revolutionary hero, winner over British at Battle of Cowpens. County was often invaded by both armies in War between the States.
Until 1891 county seat at Somerville. Then county seat moved to Decatur. Named for Stephen Decatur, naval hero against Tripoli pirates and in War of 1812.
Erected 1958 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. 34° 36.455′ N, 86° 59.045′ W. Marker is in Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is on Cain Street Northeast west of Ferry Street Northeast, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located on the northside of the Morgan County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Decatur AL 35601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. War in Vietnam (within shouting distance of this marker); World War One (within shouting distance of this marker); Korean War (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); “A Hard Nut To Crack” - Federal Defenses at Decatur (approx. 0.3 miles away); To Commemorate the Passage of The Olympic Torch (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Decatur Historic District/Old State Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic Downtown/Founders Park (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Decatur.
1. Marker to be Refurbished.
The Alabama Historical Association has just awarded Morgan County a historical marker grant to refurbish the marker by giving it a fresh coat of paint, new gold-leaf applied to the lettering, and the marker will sit atop a new pole when the refurbishment is complete. The marker will be shipped to Marietta, Ohio, to be refurbished by SEWAH Studios, which made the original marker in 1958. The work will take between 12 and 16 months and officials hope to unveil the refurbished marker during the county’s bicentennial next year.
— Submitted April 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Categories. • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • War of 1812 • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,520 times since then and 89 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 2, 3. submitted on February 21, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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