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St. Stephens on its Centennial, May 1899
St. Stephens on its Centennial, May 1899. Coast Guard cutter Winona  and steamboat Minnie Lee  were used to bring visitors up the river from Mobile for the celebration.

Saint Stephens

The capital of the Alabama Territory, Saint Stephens was originally a Spanish fort, St. Estevan, in the late 1700's. Located on the lower Tombigbee River in the ancient land of the Choctaw Indians, its historical importance is recognized by historians, archaeologists, and researchers. A graveyard is still extant on the site. St. Stephens celebrated the 200th anniversary of its founding as the first capital of Alabama in 1999. Project documentation comprises a report of 22 pages; 7 black-and-white historical photographs, eight 8 x 10 color photographs, and six color slides with descriptions; an historical records survey of Old St. Stephens, Proceedings and Papers of the Spanish Evacuation Centennial (1999); a spiral-bound commemorative book commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of St. Stephens, and a videotape.

Originally submitted by: Sonny Callahan, Representative (1st District).

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