Links to histories
and biographies of the famous people of Alabama. Many famous people of Alabama have made significant contributions to the history of our nation and
the state of Alabama. These famous Americans, famous entertainers, famous players, famous scientist, famous singers, famous statesmen, famous women,
heroes, great explorers, and others Alabama famous Americans have all made Alabama their home. This list includes Alabama historical figures, celebrities
and those individuals of Alabama who have influenced the lives of others.
Famous People from Alabama
Henry Louis (Hank) Aaron (1934 - ) Born
Henry Louis Aaron in Mobile, Alabama, he first played semi-pro baseball when he was 15 years old. He played shortstop for two seasons with the Indianapolis
Clowns in the Negro Leagues, and then joined the Milwaukee Braves in 1952. He finished his career with the all-time home run record (755) and was
tops in RBIs. He won three Gold Gloves as a right fielder, and was an All-Star in each of the 23 seasons he played.
Nathaniel Adams "Nat King" Cole (1917 - 1965) Nathaniel
Adams Coles (he later dropped the "s") was the son of a Baptist minister and was born in Montgomery, Alabama. His mother taught him to play
the piano, and by age 12, he was playing organ and singing in his father's church. When his family moved to Chicago, he became interested in jazz
music and formed the group "Royal Dukes" in 1935. After signing with Capital Records, he became the first black man to top the record charts
as an independent vocalist. By the 1950s, his popularity had crossed racial boundaries, and he became the first black man to have a weekly television
series--"St. Louis Blues."
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald born in Montgomery,
Alabama, the daughter of an Alabama State Supreme Court Justice. Although she was from a conservative family, she became known as a rebel, especially
once she left home for the University of Alabama, where she became a stereotypical "flapper" of the 1920s. Zelda married young writer F.
Scott Fitzgerald and the two became the epitome of the high living, wild, Jazz age couple. Zelda published numerous essays and short stories before
her mental health deteriorated and she spent the remainder of her life in and out of institutions.
Zora Neale Hurston Although author Zora Neale Hurston
was actually born in Alabama, she considered Florida her home. She attended Howard University and had her first manuscript published there. Later,
she moved to New York and became part of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s along with other African American writers like Langston Hughes. Her most
powerful work is usually considered to be "Their Eyes are Watching God."
Mae Jemison (1956 - ) First African-American woman
in space; born in Decatur.
Helen Keller (June 27, 1880 - June 1, 1968)
was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's
teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate,
has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker. Her birthday on June 27 is commemorated as Helen
Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980,
the 100th anniversary of her birth.
Lee (born April 28, 1926) is an American novelist and author of the classic 1960 Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird,
which deals with the issues of racism that the author observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama." Harper Lee, known as Nelle,
was born in the Alabama town of Monroeville, the youngest of four children of Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee. Her father, a former
newspaper editor and proprietor, was a lawyer who served on the state legislature from 1926 to 1938. As a child, Lee was a tomboy and a precocious
reader, and enjoyed the friendship of her schoolmate and neighbor, the young Truman Capote.
Carl Lewis (1961 - ) Olympic Gold Medallist in track
and field; born in Birmingham.
Joe Louis (1914 - 1981) Famous boxer; born in Lexington.
Osceola (1804 - January 30, 1838), born as Billy
Powell, became an influential leader of the Seminole in Florida. Of mixed parentage, Creek, Scots-Irish, and English, he was raised as a Creek
by his mother, as the tribe had a matrilineal kinship system. They migrated to Florida when he was a child, with other Red Stick refugees, after their
defeat in 1814 in the Creek Wars.
Rosa Parks (1913 - ) Civil rights leader who refused
to give up her bus seat to a white man, born in Tuskegee.
Tuscaloosa, (aka Tuskalusa, Tastaluca, Tuskaluza)
(died 1540) was a paramount chief of a Mississippian chiefdom in what is now the U.S. state of Alabama. His people were possibly ancestors to the
several southern Native American confederacies (the Choctaw and Creek peoples) who later emerged in the region. The modern city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
is named for him.
Tuskaloosa is notable for leading the Battle of Mabila at his fortified village against the Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto. After being taken
hostage by the Spanish as they passed through his territory, Tuskaloosa organized a surprise attack on his captors at Mabila, but was ultimately defeated.
Heather Whitestone (born February 24, 1973
in Dothan, Alabama) is a former beauty queen who was the first deaf Miss America title holder, having lost most of her hearing at the age of 18 months.
Booker Taliaferro Washington(April 5, 1856
- November 14, 1915) was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Booker T. Washington founded
Tuskeegee Institute - the first college for African Americans - in 1881 in Alabama. He was a leader in helping African Americans begin gaining equality
with white people.
More Famous People of Alabama
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not even realize many of these famous people were born in Alabama or notable associated with Alabama, including actors, actresses, explorers,
historical figures, inventors, musicians, novelists, professional athletes, important politicians, singers, sport stars and more.
Ralph Abernathy civil rights activist, Linden
Evan Frank Allison (1865-1937) Conservationist West Alabama
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead actress, Huntsville
Hugo LaFayette Black jurist, Harlan
Richard C. Boone (1937–2013) Civil Rights Activist, Minister. An African-American civil rights activist known for his
involvement in the Selma march of 1965.
Marva Collins educator, Monroeville
Bobby Goldsboro entertainer, Dothan
William Crowford Gorgas army officer, physician, Mobile
Willie Davenport (1943–2002) Military Leader, Track and Field Athlete. American track star Willie Davenport won a gold medal
at the 1968 Summer Olympics and competed at the 1980 Winter Games with the U.S. bobsled team.
Lionel Hampton jazz musician, Birmingham
William Christopher Handy composer, Florence
Emmy Lou Harris singer, Birmingham
Evander Holyfield (1962-) Boxer
Bo Jackson (1962-) Baseball Player, Football Player
Kate Jackson actress, Birmingham
Percy Lavon Julian inventor, Montgomery
Coretta Scott King civil rights leader, Marion
Jim Nabors actor, Sylacauga
Terrell Owens (1973-) Athlete, Football Player Terrell Owens is a longtime National Football League wide receiver whose
career has been marked by Hall of Fame numbers and controversial statements.
Satchel Paige (c. 1906–1982) Baseball Player
Jimmie Rodgers singer, Geiger
David Satcher surgeon general, Anniston
Waldo L. Semon inventor, Demopolis
Ozzie Smith (1954-) Baseball Player
George Wallace governor, Clio
William Weatherford (Red Eagle) Creek indian leader
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