On this day in Alabama history: President Kennedy named Russell Cave a National Monument

On this day in Alabama history: President Kennedy named Russell Cave a National Monument
Russell Cave National Monument. (Erin Harney/Alabama NewsCenter)

May 11, 1961

Pres. John F. Kennedy named Russell Cave in Jackson County a National Monument. Part of a system of interconnected caves that stretches about seven miles, the entrance to Russell Cave formed about 11,000 years ago and is an important archaeological site. Archaeological teams have excavated more than 30 feet into the cave floor and unearthed human artifacts dating back to roughly 6,550 years ago. Several burials containing human remains may date back more than 8,000 years. Today, the cave is maintained by the National Park Service, houses a museum with displays of artifacts and hosts an annual Native American festival each spring.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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