Though the first African American student graduated from the University of Alabama in 1965, she was not the first African American student enrolled. That distinction belongs to Autherine Lucy Foster, who began attending the university in 1956. In fact, Foster was the first African American student to enroll in a white university in the entire state of Alabama. Predictably, her path was a difficult one.
Mardi Gras is the celebration that followed Catholic immigrants all the way across the Atlantic to the city of Mobile, Alabama. Since 1703, when Nicholas Langlois introduced Mardi Gras to the French colonies, Mobile has celebrated with riotous color. Mobile was originally the capital of the French colony Louisiana. While most recognizable today as the Mardi Gras of New Orleans fame, this festival had its American start right here in Alabama.
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