Year of Alabama History



October 12, 1896

















October 16, 1917










Students at the Alabama Girls Industrial School in Montevallo, Alabama

This Week in Alabama History

October 11 - October 17




Featured Event:

The Alabama Girls’ Industrial School opens its doors as the first state-supported industrial and technical school devoted to training girls to make a living. The school later became known as Alabama College, and is now the University of Montevallo.


Listen: Click the play button below to hear Archives Staff discuss this event on Alabama Public Radio.

Other Events this Week

Serving aboard the USS Cassin, Alabamian Kelly Ingram becomes the first American serviceman killed in action during World War I. In 1918 the Navy named a destroyer after Ingram, marking the first time an enlisted man had a ship named in his honor. Congress later awarded Ingram the Medal of Honor and the city of Birmingham named Ingram Park after the Pratt City hero.