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WE THE People

Alabama's Defining Documents

Huntsville Museum of Art

June 30 - August 11, 2019

In the summer of 1819, forty-four delegates met in Huntsville to draft Alabama’s first constitution, the defining document that provided the framework for the state’s government. Two hundred years later, the constitution of 1819 returned to the city for six weeks in the summer of 2019.


More than 4,000 visitors viewed Alabama's constitutions at the Huntsville Museum of Art. 


“On the occasion of Alabama’s 200th anniversary, it is appropriate that the 1819 constitution return to the place of its adoption. The exhibition is a special opportunity to learn and reflect on the consequential history of each of these documents, and we are grateful to the Huntsville Museum of Art for making it possible.” - Steve Murray, Director, Alabama Department of Archives & History 

“This exhibition is a historic milestone for our state and we are honored to showcase these important documents at our Museum in the city where it all began." - Christopher Madkour, Executive Director, Huntsville Museum of Art

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