Today, Alabama Is Celebrating Confederate Memorial Day

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Alabama also celebrates Robert E. Lee's birthday the same day as that of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every fourth Monday in April, the state of Alabama closes down to celebrate Confederate Memorial Day -- one of just two states that still recognize the holiday by shutting down government for the day.

Alabama has three Confederate-related holidays: Robert E. Lee's birthday on third Monday in January (celebrated along with birthday of civil rights leader Martin Luther King); Confederate Memorial Day on fourth Monday in April; and birthday of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on first Monday in June.

Confederate Memorial Day traces its roots back to 1866 when the Ladies Memorial Association of Columbus, Georgia passed a resolution to set aside a day to honor Confederate soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War. Almost 260,000 Civil War soldiers were killed in the line of duty.

Mississippi celebrates the holiday in April as well.

While Florida and South Carolina still have a Confederate Memorial Day, it is no longer considered a state holiday.

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