Birmingham was named after the city in England and Alabama’s most populous city and government seat, and located in the north-central part of the state. The town came to be discovered at a crossing rail nearby one of the world’s richest deposits of minerals. Although the city is the youngest among Alabama’s major cities, it boomed rapidly that it eventually came to be known as the "Pittsburgh of the South" as it also became Alabama’s center of the steel and iron production in the state. It became the region’s major hub and leading industrial city, from being a city with muddy streets, saloons, fistfights. With the continued expansion of the city’s industrial development, it also spurred the growth of unions among the miners, railroad workers, and others. Birmingham’s population is culturally diverse as 72% are African Americans, 24% are white, 3% are Hispanic, and the rest are from other races.
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