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Every state of the Union has given birth to people who have left a lasting impression on our history and culture. The following native Alabamians have played distinctive roles.

Born in Alabama

Famous Alabamians
Name Born / Died Place
Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron
Baseball player
Born: February 5, 1934 Mobile
Died:    
Ralph David Abernathy
Baptist minister, civil rights activist
Born: March 11, 1926 Linden
Died: April 17, 1990 Atlanta, Ga.
Evan Frank Allison (pdf)
Conservationist
Born: 1865 West Alabama
Died: 1937  
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead
Actress
Born: Huntsville January 31, 1902
Died: December 12, 1968 New York, N.Y.
Joe Louis Barrow
Boxer
Born: May 13, 1914 Chambers County
Died: April 12, 1981 Las Vegas, Nev.
Hugo LaFayette Black
Supreme Court Justice
Born: February 27, 1886 Harlan
Died: September 25, 1971 Bethesda, Md.
Robert Lee Bullard
Soldier
Born: January 5, 1861 Opelika
Died: September 11, 1947  
Nathaniel Adams (Nat King) Cole
Entertainer
Born: March 17, 1919 Montgomery
Died: February 15, 1965 Santa Monica, Calif.
Marva Delores (Knight) Collins
Educator
Born: August 31, 1936 Monroeville
Died:    
Braxton Bragg Comer
Industrialist, statesman, humanitarian
Born: November 7, 1848 Spring Hill
Died: August 15, 1927 Birmingham
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
Writer, ballerina, painter
Born: July 24, 1900 Montgomery
Died: March 10, 1948 Asheville, N.C.
Walter Lynwood Fleming
Educator, historian
Born: April 8, 1874 Near Brundidge
Died: August 3, 1932 Nashville, Tenn.
William Crowford Gorgas
Army officer, physician
Born: October 3, 1854 Toulminville
Died: July 3, 1920 Millbank, England
William Christopher Handy
Musician, composer
Born: November 16, 1873 Florence
Died: March 28, 1958 New York, N.Y.
Emmylou Harris
Singer
Born: April 2, 1947 Birmingham
Died:    
Catherine Elise "Kate" Jackson
Actress
Born: October 29, 1948 Birmingham
Died:    
Percy Lavon Julian
Chemist
Born: April 11, 1899 Montgomery
Died: April 19, 1975 Chicago, Ill.
Helen Adams Keller
Author, lecturer, educator
Born: Tuscumbia June 27, 1880
Died: June 1, 1968 Westport, Conn.
Coretta Scott King
Human rights advocate
Born: April 27, 1927 Heiberger
Died: January 30, 2006 Rosarito Beach, Mexico
Nelle Harper Lee
Writer
Born: April 28, 1926 Monroeville
Died:    
Fredrick Carlton (Carl) Lewis
Track athlete
Born: July 1, 1961 Birmingham
Died:    
Willie Howard Mays, Jr
Baseball player
Born: May 6, 1931 Westfield
Died:    
James "Jim" Thurston Nabors
Actor, singer, comedian
Born: June 12, 1932 Sylacauga
Died:    
James Cleveland (Jessie) Owens
Athlete
Born: September 12, 1913 Oakville
Died: March 31, 1980 Tucson, Ariz.
Rosa Louise (McCauley) Parks
Civil rights pioneer
Born: February 4, 1913 Tuskegee
Died: October 24, 2005 Detroit, Mich.
John Pelham
Soldier
Born: September 7, 1838 Alexandria
Died: March 17, 1863 Kelly's Ford, Va.
David Satcher
Surgeon general
Born: March 2, 1941 Anniston
Died:    
Waldo Lonsbury Semon
Chemical engineer
Born: September 10, 1898 Demopolis
Died: May 26, 1999 Hudson, Ohio
Percy Sledge
R&B and soul performer
Born: November 25, 1941 Leighton
Died:    
Julia Strudwick Tutwiler
Educator, Social & educational reformer
Born: August 15, 1841 Tuscaloosa
Died: March 24, 1916 Birmingham
George Corley Wallace
Governor
Born: August 25, 1919 Clio
Died: September 13, 1998 Montgomery
William Weatherford (Red Eagle)
Creek indian leader
Born: c. 1780 Alabama
Died: March 24, 1824 Monroe County
Heather Whitestone McCallum
1995 Miss America
Born: February 24, 1973 Dothan
Died:    
Hank Williams
Recording artist
Born: September 17, 1923 Mount Olive West
Died: January 1, 1953 Oak Hill, W.V.
Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh)
Country singer, songwriter
Born: May 5, 1942 Near Red Bay
Died: April 6, 1998 Nashville, Tenn.


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