We stood, my youngest Isabel and I, on the King’s Mound surveying the Moundville Archaeological Park. Surrounded by her entire fifth-grade class we moved to the side of the mound overlooking the Black Warrior River. The docent swept his arm upward as if to demonstrate the grandeur of the river, flood plain and surrounding rich agricultural land that make up this part of Hale county. “Can you imagine,” he was saying, “coming around the bend in the Black Warrior and seeing this mound for the first time? It would be like coming to an island the size of Manhattan to you and me.” He went on to explain that in its heyday (approximately 1000 to 1450 AD) Moundville was a very large center (about a three hundred acres and a thousand inhabitants) for trade, politics, religion and culture. I was impressed, as I am most often, by the influence this land we now call Alabama had on the early peoples of this great country. Even then we were great!
We offer Moundville, as part of our “postcards from Alabama” series not only for its historical significance, but also as a tribute to the Native Americans who influenced our very identity (it is suggested that our state’s name comes from the Alibamu language). We invite you to enjoy this image of Alabama and encourage you to visit the “Big Apple” of the Mississippian culture, Moundville.