The Alabama State Capitol on “Goat Hill” has flags of the fifty states surrounding it’s entrance. Builder and industrialist Daniel Pratt may have helped a committee design this Greek Revival building. Master Carpenter and former slave, Horace King executed much of the woodwork including the spectacular spiral staircase. After the Civil War, King became one of the first African Americans to serve in the Alabama legislature. In 1861, the Confederate States of America was born in the Senate Chamber, where delegates from Southern states voted to establish a new nation. Jefferson Davis was sworn in on the portico as the President of the Confederacy. The House of Representatives and Senate no longer meet in this restored building. The murals around the dome depict Alabama’s history. We also visited the Alabama History Museum where we learned more about Alabama. Marcus and Caroline had fun playing with things from the recent past.