On Fat Tuesday, AHFA was in the birthplace of America's original Mardi Gras--Mobile. Mobile's Mardi Gras is the oldest annual Carnival celebration in the United States, started in 1703. But, Mobile is much more than Mardi Gras.
Alabama's only saltwater port is the third most populous city in Alabama, the most populous in Mobile County, and the largest municipality on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans, Louisiana, and St. Petersburg, Florida. Mobile has a vibrant 300-year history with lots of stories to tell.
During a quick trip to collect homeowner stories, AHFA staffers only saw a small part of Mobile, including Battleship Memorial Park which is on the shore of Mobile Bay and features the World War II-era battleship USS Alabama, the World War II-era submarine USS Drum, Korean War and Vietnam War memorials, and a variety of historical military equipment.
We also found one of the decorated, fiberglass oysters that are part of the Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program's Oyster Trail, a public art treasure hunt throughout coastal Alabama. Each oyster has a fact plaque that includes important information about the oyster’s ecological and economic benefit to Mobile Bay.
#OurAlabamaHome is AHFA's theme for 2017. We regularly take road trips to visit with customers who have bought their home or found affordable housing because of AHFA programs. As we travel to visit these customers, we're also highlighting the city or town they live in to celebrate Alabama and illustrate how AHFA's programs reach all across the state. Together, our customers' testimonials bring #OurAlabamaHome to life. Keep track of our travels on AHFA's Facebook page and here on our website.