VIProfile: Florence Bicentennial

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Story by Chelsea Kauchick

When you think two hundred years into the future, what do you want people to know about the place you call home? What’s the legacy you want to leave for others to discover? On March 12, 1818, the founding families of Florence, Alabama had big dreams to see their fledgling city grow and take flight. Years ago, so much of what made Florence unique was carved out of the Tennessee River. Many claim this same river carries songs along the banks where dreamers come to sit and pick a song or two. It’s this place that continues to harvest a distinctiveness that calls people home, no matter how far away they’ve traveled. Today, this same city rooted in southern charm is also molded by an eclectic mix of artistic expression and bustling economic growth. To pay homage to Florence’s past, and in conjunction with Alabama’s bicentennial celebration, the city of Florence, Alabama is commemorating its 200th birthday with a year-long celebration in 2018. (continued)

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