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The City of Decatur, Alabama is a positively awesome place. It is chock full of history, art, beautiful outdoor places, fun things to do, and great people to meet. The whole point of this website is to share stories about positive things going on in Decatur. Maybe you’ll be inspired to come visit – or move here and call it home!

  • We Are Positively Decatur!

    Positively Decatur exists to celebrate and share uplifting stories from the Decatur community. Check out some of our favorite clips from the past few years!
  • Stepping Back in Time: Your guide to “The Decaturs” historic districts

    Did you know that Decatur was created from two different cities? Learn all about it from Caroline T. Swope, the historic preservation specialist for the City of Decatur!
  • Positively Inclusive: The Story of Everyday Sunshine

    Everyday Sunshine is a Decatur-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to make the world a little more inclusive to those with physical, intellectual, and sensory disabilities.
  • Have You Heard?

    It’s no wonder that Decatur was recently named the #1 barbecue city in Alabama with local legends like Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q at the table. Widely recognized for its smoked meats and famous white sauce, Big Bob’s has been a local staple for nearly 100 years.
  • Scottsboro Boys Civil Rights Museum

    Decatur is soon to be home to a multi-million-dollar civil rights museum, thanks to Celebrating Early Old Town with Art (CEOTA), a nonprofit organization established to illuminate the heritage of the early Old Town neighborhood of Decatur.
  • Experience Culture and Community at the Daikin Festival

    Step into a world of tradition, excitement, and culinary delights as you experience the magic of Japanese culture at the Daikin Festival. For 30 years, this beloved event has been a staple in the Decatur community, offering a night of appreciation for Japanese traditions and customs.



    Moving to Decatur in 1991, Kim immediately embraced the opportunities that Decatur presented, got involved, and became a vibrant member of the community. She is proud to call Decatur her forever home and make a positive impact in the community through community service and volunteer work.


    Demond Garth, Principal of Austin High School, knows first-hand the impact of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Breakfast and Scholarship Awards Program. Once a recipient, now he helps positively influence student’s futures.


    With a long personal history in Decatur and a member of a family of historians, Judge David Breland has made Decatur history his job! Working in the Old State Bank and the Decatur Historic Union Depot brings the Judge a great deal of joy.


    Alan Clara Moguel graduated from Decatur High School in 2022. During his senior year, and while working two jobs, Alan started his business, Conversate Me!, which focuses on bridging the cultural and language barrier between the English and Spanish speaking communities in Decatur by teaching conversational Spanish and providing translation services.

    Making Headlines

    • Camp Carnegie campers paint mural at Decatur Animal Services

      June 24, 2024
    • Pop-up Le Dinner En Blanc held in Decatur

      June 9, 2024
    • Juneteenth: North Alabama celebrations commemorating the historic day reaching thousands

      June 9, 2024
    • Festival kicks off Pride month in Decatur

      June 1, 2024
    • Longtime Alabama ice cream shop to reopen

      May 30, 2024
    • Decatur to host Bassmaster Elite series tournament

      May 30, 2024
    • Career Academy officially becomes third high school for Decatur City Schools

      March 19, 2024
    • Decatur announces $18.4M grant for bike trail

      March 13, 2024
    • $3.2 million federal funding propels Pryor Field Airport

      March 11, 2024
    • Decatur will become next Alabama city to adopt a Safe Haven baby box

      March 5, 2024