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The capital of Alabama is Montgomery.
The 2-Letter Postal Abbreviation / Code for Alabama: AL
For a short while in 1963, the U.S. Postal Office recommended "ALA" as the abbreviation for Alabama. Toward the end of 1963, the Post Office made the currently used "AL" the official abbreviation.
Typical abbreviation for Alabama: Ala.
The pronunciation of Alabama:
When the people of Alabama refer to themselves: 1:
Time Zone: The state of Alabama is in the Central Time (CST/CDT) zone and observes daylight saving time.
Nicknames for Alabama: "The Yellowhammer State"; "Heart of Dixie"; "Camellia State"
State Motto: "Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere" (We dare defend our rights)
State Bird: Yellowhammer/Northern Flicker (colaptes auratus)
State Tree: Southern Longleaf Pine (pinus palustris)
State Flower: Camellia (camellia)
State Song: "Alabama"
Statehood: Alabama became the 22nd state on Dec 14, 1819. It was the 4th state to secede from the Union (on Jan 11, 1861) and following the Civil War, it was the 7th Confederate state to be re-admitted (on July 13, 1868).
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