On this day in Alabama history: Alabama’s first constitutional convention convened in Huntsville

On this day in Alabama history: Alabama’s first constitutional convention convened in Huntsville
Constitution Village, Huntsville. (The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

July 5, 1819

In preparation for statehood, Alabama’s first constitutional convention was held in Huntsville, the state’s temporary seat of government. Forty-four delegates from 22 counties attended the convention, which lasted until Aug. 2, when the state ratified its first constitution. The state held the convention in a local cabinet shop, the only building large enough to accommodate the meeting. A replica of the two-story building, now known as Constitution Hall, stands in its original location at The Alabama Constitution Village. The site was listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1975 and is part of the EarlyWorks Family of Museums, which hosts more than 50,000 visitors annually.

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