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Last weekend for Alabama walking tours

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 This is also a picture perfect weekend to step back in time. Twenty-two cities across the state are participating in the alabama tourism department's "April Walking Tours". Each Saturday free guided walking tours are available for anyone wanting the story behind their community.  While people are walking and learning the history behind different  buildings, tours guides say people develop a sense of pride in their community once they see how it came to be.

"We pick a different rout every year and we try to cover the downtown area. Each tour is led by a local historian," said Drew Green, and employee at the Cullman County Museum.
 
Green says it just makes sense to start the tours at the Cullman County Museum. The museum is a replica of the house of John Cullman, the city's namesake.

"Colonel Cullman was originally from Frankweiler germany and he came here after railroad opened up and he was a land agent. So he's responsible,"said Green.

Green says each week they've had some forty people take the walk. Other stops include Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, where Green says tourists will learn a secret about the organ.

Bessemer is also hosting walking tours. High school students back in 1960's would gather at a popular statue of an american doughboy to see who could take the rifle out of his hand. It's one of the fun stories Chamber of Commerce president Ronnie Acker likes to tell.

The doughboy statue is one of many stops along Bessemer's walking tour. Acker came to the city as young boy and looks forward to the chance to share stories about his adopted city.
  
"In 1967 in our Jefferson county courthouse in Bessemer we had a county jail. Martin Luther King was jailed in this facility for three days," said Acker.

Stops to city hall and the Bessemer Hall of History are also on the agenda each Saturday. Both Green and Acker say this is more than a walking tour for them and the people who live here.

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