On D-Day + 74 years

Remembering a "Merci" to Alabama from the French people

Alabama’s Thank You, or “Merci” boxcar at the foot of the capitol Building in Montgomery, 1949


The Merci Train, also known as the French Gratitude Train or the Forty and Eight, included 49 boxcars filled with “gifts of gratitude”. It arrived in New York City on February 3, 1949 and was divided among  the 48 states with the remaining car to be shared by the District of Columbia and Hawaii.

Read more on the Alabama Department of Archives and History page HERE.




The Alabama Department of Archives & History presents

Sergeant York

Starring Gary Cooper

Nominated for Best Picture, 1941

Join us for a FREE screening!

Friday, June 8 at 6:00 pm at the Archives




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