Happy 200th birthday, Col. Cullmann!

Young Cullmanite River Jane Murphy-Burns, accompanied by her father Matthew Burns, enjoys a cupcake with a festive German flag in celebration of Colonel Cullmann’s 200th birthday Sunday, July 2, 2023, at the Festhalle. (Cayla Grace Murphy)

Friends of Frankweiler hosts party to celebrate town’s founder

CULLMAN, Ala. A small crowd of Cullmanites of all ages and backgrounds joined together at the Festhalle on Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 200th birthday of Cullman founder Colonel John G. Cullmann. Cullmann was born in Frankweiler, Germany, on July 2, 1823.

The Festhalle was decked out with German flags, and the party was complete with gift giveaways and delectable cupcakes created by the historic Duchess Bakery. Those gathered shared in a jovial singing of “Happy Birthday” led by local artisan and author Ben Johnson South.

Host of the party, Friends of Frankweiler President Ernest Hauk, said Sunday’s event was one of major importance, noting the decreased membership in Friends of Frankweiler, and the appearance of German influence decreasing in Cullman.

“The German heritage of Cullman is slowly going away. Even Oktoberfest seems to not be very German anymore,” he said. “We’re trying to maintain our German heritage in Cullman.”

Ben Johnson South leads the intimate crowd in singing Happy Birthday to Colonel Cullmann. (Cayla Grace Murphy)

Hauk urged those in attendance to consider joining Friends of Frankweiler.

To learn more about Cullman’s sister city of Frankweiler, Germany, and to join Friends of Frankweiler, visit www.facebook.com/friendsoffrankweilerandcullman.

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