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.

Listed alphabetically

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 Yankees" 1946-1964.

Bobby Allison, race car driver

Davey Allison, race car driver

Donnie Allison, race car driver

Paul Andrews of Dora, palyed baseball for the Yankees with Babe Ruth

John James Audubon, artist, naturalist, explorer. Visited Alabama and 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 and Mississippi"

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 University.

William Bartram, naturalist, explorer, artist. Visited Alabama and 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. Postmaster 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" who 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 County)

Courtney Cox, actress

David Crockett, explorer, adventurer. Fought in Creek War. Owned 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 may visit.

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 H. L. Mencken

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 Soccer Team

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 of Congress

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 Greensboro, 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 of Texas.

William Bradford Huie, novelist, wrote "The Americanization Of Emily" and "The Execution Of Private Slovik"

Andrew Jackson, 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, Heisman 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 "The Miracle Worker"

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 Martin Luther King-Dexter Avenue Church

William Rufus King of Selma, Vice-President of the United States

Baker Knight, songwriter of such rock classics as "Lonesome Town", performer

Sidney Lanier, poet, lived and taught school for a time at Prattville

Harper Lee, of Monroeville, Monroe Co., AL, author, wrote Pulitzer 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, Mobile

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. NASA Astronaut. Flew the Apollo 16 lunar landing mission with John Young and Charlie Duke.

Willie Mays, baseball player

Alexander McGillivray, great Creek leader, uncle of Red Eagle

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

Mushulatubbee, Choctaw leader

Joe Namath, football great, University of Alabama

Jim Nabors of Sylacauga, actor, singer

Osceola, great Seminole leader, grew up as a Creek in Alabama

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, AL

Jim Rogers, nationally-known Wall Street expert, author of the bestseller "Investment Biker"

Will Rogers, humorist, descendant of the Gunters of North Alabama

Coretta Scott (King), civil rights leader, born and raised in Perry Co., AL, near Marion.

Emma Sansom, Confederate heroine. Gave aid to Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest

 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 Creek leaders

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 Confederate cruiser "Alabama"

Sequoyah aka George Gist, Cherokee who invented the Cherokee alphabet

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 Bay Packers

George Stiggins, mixed-blood Natchez, of Talladega and 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 Thomas Jefferson

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 expedition. 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, baseball great, 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, Confederate War 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 novelist

Tammy Wynette, country & western singer, from Red Bay