The AHC's historical marker program began in 1975 to
help preservationists inform the public about
significant buildings, sites, structures, objects,
cemeteries, and districts in the state.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a historical marker?
The marker program identifies historically
significant sites, buildings, object, and districts
in Alabama. The markers are mounted signs, often
seen along the roadside, which contain information
on the history of the resource.
Who erects the marker?
The erection of markers is the responsibility of
the individual or organization ordering the marker.
What are the requirements for getting a
To receive an AHC marker, the property must:
1) be listed individually in the
of Historic Places or the
Alabama Register of
Landmarks and Heritage,
2) be a contributing resource in a listed National
Register or Alabama Register historic district,
3) or, be listed in the
Alabama Historic Cemetery
What are the restrictions on
the marker text?
The purpose of the Alabama Historical
Commission marker program is to educate the
public about the significance of a historic
property. Therefore, information about the
property and/or information from the Alabama
Register, National Register, or the Historic
Cemetery Register file must be included on the
marker. The more text included on the marker,
the smaller the font size will be. With the
smallest font allowable- 5/8”, text is limited
to only 1200 characters and spaces per
side. This text limit does not included a
one-line caption of 1 ½” to 2” upper case
letters on both sides of the marker. If the
caption is longer than one line, then the text
will have to be reduced or flow to the other
side of the marker. The largest text font
allowable is 2” letters and is limited to 200
characters and spaces per side.
The names of living persons of less than
national significance will not be
considered for inclusion in marker narratives.
Only the name of an organization erecting a
marker can be included.
What are the procedures for securing a marker
from the AHC?
A historical marker application must be
completed and submitted to the Historical
Marker Coordinator for each marker
requested, except in the case where multiple
markers are going to include the same text
and are ordered at the same time. A
reference must be given for all statements
to be included on a marker. Photocopies of
unpublished sources should be submitted.
Faxed or emailed copies of the marker text
will be accepted. However, the text will
not be sent to the marker company until
hard copies of the marker application with
original signatures are on file in the AHC
Historical Commission Marker Coordinator
will edit the narrative and submit a copy to
the person or organization for approval.
Suggested changes or approved narrative must
be returned to the Historical Marker
Coordinator to be sent to the marker
company. The AHC staff has final approval
of all narratives submitted!
The AHC staff
will submit the final narrative and a letter
giving permission for a marker to be
produced with the AHC seal to the marker
company. Copies of information sent to the
marker company will be provided to the
individual or organization ordering the
marker. The marker company will communicate
with the individual or organization
requesting the marker about the exact price
for the marker. A check for the total amount
of the marker must be paid to the
manufacturer before work begins on the
The marker is
shipped by common carrier to the address
listed on the application. Only
commercial addresses are acceptable! No
residential addresses or post office boxes!
Under no circumstances can markers be
shipped to the Alabama Historical Commission
Please allow at
least 8 weeks from the date the marker
company receives the text before
planning a public event to unveil the
marker. If this rule is not strictly
followed, we cannot guarantee delivery of
the marker in time for the event and
additional expenses may be incurred.
Is there any
funding to assist with the purchase of marker?
No state funds are available for markers.
Individuals or organizations requesting a marker
must have available funds to purchase it. The
cost of the marker is paid directly to the
marker company after the AHC Historical Marker
Coordinator approves the narrative. The current
price for a marker begins at $1,375.00. The
price of the marker depends on the following:
What is the process for dedicating a marker?
The individual or organization that ordered the
marker must arrange for the dedication of the
marker. Where possible, staff from the Alabama
Historical Commission will attend the ceremony.
Who maintains the marker?
The future maintenance of all markers is the sole
responsibility of the individual or organization
that orders the marker.
there any other marker programs for historic
Many historical societies and preservation
organizations across the state of Alabama have
marker programs. If you are interested, please check
with your local organization. The following groups
sponsor statewide or regional marker programs:
Alabama Historical Association
Program Coordinator: Norwood Kerr
Alabama Department of Archives and History
P.O. Box 300100
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Historic Chattahoochee Commission
P.O. Box 33
Eufaula, Alabama 36072
For a list of Alabama Historical Commission markers
For more information contact Dorothy Walker, program
coordinator, at (334) 230-2665 or