Famous Alabama Folks
Some that came and went, others stayed in Alabama all their lives,
but all kept a bit of Alabama in their hearts
Grateful to Jon Morgan for his many contributions and interest.
Hank Aaron, baseball great, of Mobile
Alabama- the band-- members Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry, Jeff
Cook and Mark Herndon
Phillip Alford, played young Jim in the movie "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Mel Allen, radio, tv sports announcer, "Voice of the New York
Bobby Allison, race car driver
Davey Allison, race car driver
Donnie Allison, race car driver
of Dora, palyed baseball for the Yankees
John James Audubon, artist, naturalist, explorer. Visited Alabama
recorded the sights.
Jeremiah Austill, Indian fighter
Mary Badham, actress. Played the part of Scout in the movie "To
Kill A Mockingbird"
Joseph G. Baldwin, humorist, published "Flush Times of Alabama
Tallulah Bankhead, of Jasper, actress of stage and screen
William Bankhead, of Jasper, Speaker of U.S. House
of Representatives, 1933-1940, father of Tallulah
Charles Barkeley. NBA basketball star. Played at Auburn
William Bartram, naturalist, explorer, artist. Visited
recorded the sights. Journal is still in print.
Guido de Bazáres, Spanish explorer, adventurer. Attempted
to colonize the Gulf Coast.
Hugo Black, U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Winton "Red" Blount from Union Springs.
General in the Nixon Administration.
Neil Bonnett, race car driver
Charles Boswell, blind golf champion
Werhner von Braun, German-born rocket scientist
Johnny Mack Brown, football great, University of Alabama
Paul "Bear" Bryant, football coach
Jimmy Buffet, singer, songwriter, character extradanaire and
native of Mobile
Brett Butler of Montgomery. Actress.
Pat Buttram of Haleyville. Actor.
La Mothe Cadillac, explorer, early governor of French Territory
Truman Capote, author, wrote "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "In Cold
Blood" (Monroe County)
Nell Carter, singer, actress
George Washington Carver, botanist
Jennie Chandler, Olympic gold medalist in diving
Charlotte, Princess of Russia, of legend, "The Russian Princess"
lived in the French colony Mobile
Mark Childress, Slapout, author of "Crazy in Alabama"
John Cochran, journalist, television reporter
Nat King Cole
of Montgomery, singer.
Vicky Covington, author, wrote "Bird of Paradise" (Jefferson
Courtney Cox, actress
David Crockett, explorer, adventurer. Fought in Creek War.
land in Blount Co.
Samuel Dale, Indian fighter and later Indian friend
Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, when Montgomery
was the first capital of the Confederacy. He and his family lived in what
is called the Little White House of the Confederacy and which you
Morris Dees of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery
Hernando De Soto, explorer, governor of Cuba
Douglas Edwards, from Troy, news commentator during the
early days of CBS television
Maria Fearing, former slave child, went to Africa and
started a school for orphans; was called Mputa, "our foreign mother"
by her students
Fannie Flagg, author, performer, wrote "Fried Green Tomatoes"
Louise Fletcher, actress, Academy Award winner
George S. Gaines, Choctaw factor, early 19th century
A. G. Gaston, Birmingham business leader
Harvey Glance, Olymbia gold medalist in tarck
General William Crawford Gorgas, native of Mobile, US
Surgeon General during WW1, instrumental in stopping the spread of the
dreaded yellow fever during construction of the Panama Canal
Hubert Green, golfer
Winston Groom, author of the book "Forrest Gump"
Sarah Haardt of Montgomery, wife of author and publisher
Sheldon Hackney, author, educator, government official, president
of Princeton University, head of the National Endowment For The
Arts in the Clinton Administration
Peter J. Hamilton, 19th century historian, author
Mia Hamm, Selma, soccer player, U.S. Women's World Championship
W. C. Handy, born in 1873 in Florence, musician, blues
artist and songwriter and called "Father of the Blues
Jeremiah Haralson, former slave, one of the 3 first Black members
Emmylou Harris, singer, songwriter
Henry "Hank" Hartsfield, astronaut
Benjamin Hawkins, agent and friend to the Indinas, chronicler
Richmond Pearson Hobson, Spanish-American War hero. of
received the Congressional Medal of Honor
Lonnie Holley, sculptor
Nall Hollis, known as Nall, internationallly-known artist
Sam Houston, adventurer, fought in Creek War, later Governor
William Bradford Huie, novelist, wrote "The Americanization
Of Emily" and "The Execution Of Private Slovik"
led Creek War, oft visitor to north Alabama
to view horse races. Pillaged and burned his way through the Creek Nation.
Later President of United States
Bo Jackson of McCalla, pro football, baseball player,
Trophy winner, 1985, while at Auburn.
Kate Jackson, actress, of Birmingham
Joseph Jefferson, 19th century actor
Walter Bryan Jones, state geologist, director of the Alabama
Museum of Natural History, instrumental in the 1920s in the restoration
of the Mississipppian mounds at Moundville
LeRoy Jordan, football great, University of Alabama
Dr. Percy Julian, disovered way to synthesize cortisone
Helen Keller, born and grew up in Tuscumbia. Remarkable
blind-deaf person of note. Her story was dramatized in the play and movie
Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations
Horace King, former slave, noted bridge builder
Martin Luther King, civil rights leader, recipient of the Nobel
Peace Prize, pastored a church in Montgomery, now known as the
Luther King-Dexter Avenue Church
William Rufus King of Selma, Vice-President of the United
Baker Knight, songwriter of such rock classics as "Lonesome
Sidney Lanier, poet, lived and taught school for a time at Prattville
Harper Lee, of Monroeville, Monroe Co., AL, author, wrote
Prize-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird"
The Lehman Brothers - Emanuel Henry & Mayer Lehman
- Founded Lehman Brothers brokerage in Montgomery, 1850.
Moved to New York, 1887, becoming one of the most renowned investment
houses in Wall Street history.
Madame Octavia Walton LeVert, 19th-century author, society leader,
John Lewis, Civil Rights leader, GACongressman,
grew up in Troy, AL
George Lindsey, actor, from Jasper
Joe Louis of Lafayette, boxer
Tristan de Luna, explorer, adventurer., attempted to colonize
the Gulf Coast.
Prince Madoc, 12th century Welsh explorer who by legend
landed at Mobile Bay and explored the interior of America
William March of Mobile, author, wrote "The Bad Seed"
(which Maxwell Anderson later turned into a Broadway play)
Nicola Marshall, noted 19th century portraitist
Ken Mattingly, Auburn University graduate.
Flew the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission with
and Charlie Duke.
Willie Mays, baseball player
Alexander McGillivray, great Creek leader, uncle of
Peter McQueen, Chief of the Tallassees, one of the leaders
of the Redsticks
Alexander Meek, 19th century historian, author of "Romantic Passages
in Southwester History"
Menawa, great Creek leader
John Tyler Morgan, Selma, U.S. Senator, last-3rd
of 19th century,
helped organize the new government for the Hawaiian Islands
Bienville LeMoyne, explorer, governor of French Territory
Joe Namath, football great, University of Alabama
Jim Nabors of Sylacauga, actor, singer
Osceola, great Seminole leader, grew up as a Creek
Jesse Owens, of Danville, AL. Olympic athlete
Leroy "Satchel" Paige, baseball player
Rosa Parks, civil rights activist and leader
Jerry Pate, golfer
Andre Pénicaut, 17th century jouranlist, author, worte
"Annals of Louisiana from 1698 to 1722"
Albert James Pickett, 19th century historian, wrote "History
of Alabama and incidentally Georgia and Mississippi"
Wilson Pickett, soul singer, Prattville
Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda, Spanish explorer, adventurer,
came to the Gulf coast in 1519
Daniel Pratt, prominent industrialist
Red Eagle, born William Weatherford, great warrior Chief
of the Creeks
Pushmataha, great Choctaw leader
James Redfield, Birmingham, author of "The Celestine Prophsey"
Red Shoes, Chief of the Coosawdas or Koasatis, brother
of Sehoy II, and uncle of Alexander McGillivary
Martha Reeves, leader of Martha & The Vandellas
Lionel Ritchie, singer, song writer, grew up in Tuskegee,
Jim Rogers, nationally-known Wall Street expert, author
of the bestseller "Investment Biker"
Will Rogers, humorist, descendant of the Gunters of North
Coretta Scott (King), civil rights leader, born and raised in
Co., AL, near Marion.
Emma Sansom, Confederate heroine. Gave aid to Gen. Nathan
Zelda Sayre, of Montgomery (born 1900, daughter
of Judge and Mrs. A. D. Sayre, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald)
Sehoy I of the Wind Clan, progenitor of a line of great
Sehoy II of the Wind Clan, born Sehoy Marchand,
mother of Alexander McGillivray
Sehoy III of the Wind Clan, mother of Red Eagle
Raphael Semmes, Naval leader, commanded the
Sequoyah aka George Gist, Cherokee who invented the Cherokee
Arthur Shores, Birmingham attorney, civil rights leader
Percy Sledge, soul singer, raised in Colbert County
Alva Smith of Mobile, wife of William K. Vanderbilt,
grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, leader of New York society
during Gilded Age
Kate Smith, singer, best known for her rendition of "God Bless
America", from Greenville
Bart Starr, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback; coach, Green
George Stiggins, mixed-blood Natchez, of Talladega
Monroe Co., wrote "History of the Creeks", early 19th century
Frank Stitt, nationally acclaimed chef, based in Birmingham
Anne Sullivan, teacher to Helen Keller
Pat Sullivan, Heisman Trophy winner while at Auburn.
Don Sutton of Clio, Baseball Hall Of Fame pitcher
Harry Toulmin, first superior court judge, appointed by President
Big Mama Thornton
of Montgomery, first to sing "Hound
Dog", in 1953 - 3 years before Elvis!
Henry de Tonty, French explorer, adventurer, colonist
William Barrett Travis of South Carolina attended law
school in Alabama he was later commander at the Alamo at
the time the downfall, 1836.
Edward Troye, 19th-century artist, painter of Kentucky racehorses
Benjamin S. Turner, of Selma, former slave, one of the
3 first Black members of Congress
Tuskaloosa, Chief of the Maubilians, southwest Alabama
tribe who nobly fought Hernando De Soto
Julia S. Tutwiler, educator, advocate for women's education
Cabeza de Vaca, survivor of the Panfillo de Narváez
Came through Alabama on his way to safety.
Robert Van De Graaff, graduated University of Alabama,
and later invented the first atom smasher
Harry "The Hat" Walker, of Birmingham,
led the National League in hitting for the Cardinals in 1947
Booker T. (Taliaferro) Washington, educator, founder of Tuskegee
University, the great college for African-Americans
Dinah Washington, jazz singer, from Tuscaloosa
General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Wheeler,
and Spanish-American War general, US Congressman
Heather Whitestone, dancer and "Miss America", first deaf
entrant to be chosen
Hank Williams, singer, song writer, from Mt. Olive, AL
Hank Williams, Jr., singer
Augusta Evans Wilson, of Spring Hill, Mobile, 19th century
Tammy Wynette, country & western singer, from Red Bay