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Montgomery to open time capsule to mark 200th anniversary

December 1, 2019 GMT
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A December 6, 1969 Montgomery Advertiser article about the Anniversary Time Capsule is displayed as the City of Montgomery and the Alabama Department of Archives and History unveiled, during a ceremony at the on Monday December 3, 2018, the 1969 time capsule that will be opened on the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Montgomery, Ala., on December 3, 2019. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
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A December 6, 1969 Montgomery Advertiser article about the Anniversary Time Capsule is displayed as the City of Montgomery and the Alabama Department of Archives and History unveiled, during a ceremony at the on Monday December 3, 2018, the 1969 time capsule that will be opened on the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of Montgomery, Ala., on December 3, 2019. (Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Officials in Alabama’s capital city are preparing to open a time capsule that contains letters from residents and city officials to their successors and descendants.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports the capsule was sealed 50 years ago, during Montgomery’s 150th anniversary in 1969. It included instructions to keep the capsule closed until the city’s 200th anniversary, which is this week.

The City of Montgomery, the Alabama Department of Archives and History and the Montgomery County Historical Society will commemorate Montgomery’s bicentennial Tuesday with the opening of the capsule. In addition to letters, the time capsule contains magazines, newspapers, brochures and other materials.

The capsule also holds letters from then-Alabama Gov. Albert Brewer, former Montgomery Mayor Earl James and other city officials to their successors 50 years in the future.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com