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Secretary Merrill Distributes “Alabama: The Bicentennial” to School Superintendents of Alabama


Thursday, August 29, 2019 – MONTGOMERY – Wednesday morning, the School Superintendents of Alabama met in Montgomery to meet with State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Eric Mackey, and discuss the upcoming year. Secretary of State John H. Merrill delivered almost 650 copies of the history book Alabama: The Bicentennial to 142 School Superintendents from across the state.

To celebrate Alabama’s 200th anniversary of statehood, Secretary Merrill and co-author Tom Ward released Alabama: The Bicentennial to recognize more than 400 notable Alabamians who have made significant contributions to our state.

Every school in Alabama that has fourth-grade students will receive a complimentary copy for their school media center. Copies of the history book will be delivered to private, parochial, and independent schools as well.

“As the former Director of Community Relations and Community Education for the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education for 16 years, education remains a top priority to me. Through this project, I hope to assist in the education of students across the State of Alabama by providing them with the opportunity to learn more about our state,” stated Secretary Merrill.

Although he authored the book, Secretary Merrill has not and will not receive compensation of any form.

Alabama: The Bicentennial is available for purchase at the Alabama Department of Archives & History.

Seventy-five percent of the proceeds will go directly to Friends of the Alabama Archives, a non-profit auxiliary to the Alabama Department of Archives & History, where a scholarship fund has been created. This scholarship will provide opportunities for under-privileged students to join their classmates on field trips when those students lack the financial resources needed to make the trip to tour Alabama’s Capitol.

For more information or to apply for the scholarship, contact Georgia Ann Hudson from the Alabama Department of Archives & History at

Secretary Merrill thanks ALFA, Alabama Power Company, and Steve Murray, the Director of Alabama Archives & History, for their help and generosity in making this project possible.