- Associated Press - Thursday, November 27, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - There’s only one documented case of a meteorite hitting a person, and it happened in the east Alabama town of Sylacauga.

The University of Alabama is marking the 60th anniversary of that odd occurrence at the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa.

A special exhibit about the space rock that hit Ann Hodges on Nov. 30, 1954, will be open throughout the Thanksgiving holiday in the campus museum.

Hodges was napping on her couch when a meteorite the size of a softball crashed through the roof and struck her in the left hip, causing a large bruise.

Hodges donated the meteorite to the museum two years later, and it’s still on display.

Museum outreach coordinator Allie Sorlie says the rock is a unique part of Alabama history.

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