Place:Hale, Alabama, United States

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Hale County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. It is named in honor of Confederate officer Stephen Fowler Hale. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,760. Its county seat is Greensboro and it is part of the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

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Hale County was established following the end of the American Civil War, on January 30, 1867. Located in the west-central section of the state, it was created from portions of Greene, Marengo, Perry, and Tuscaloosa counties. The vast majority came from Greene County. The first American settlers hailed from Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the Carolinas.

Hale County is connected to three major twentieth century artists: Walker Evans photographed the area in 1936 while he collaborated with James Agee on the 1941 book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Since the 1960s, artist William Christenberry, born in Tuscaloosa, has been photographing various structures in Hale County as part of his multi-media artistic investigations. More recently, Hale County has become the home of the nationally-recognized Auburn University Rural Studio, an architectural outreach program founded by architect and artist Samuel Mockbee and D. K. Ruth.[1] It is also the birthplace of Eugene Sawyer, the second African American mayor of Chicago.

Since the American Civil War, whites controlled economic and political power in Hale County. However, in 1997 after a highly contested mayoral election the city of Greensboro elected its first African American mayor, John E. Owens Jr., and appointed its first African American police chief, Claude E. Hamilton. In 2006, county residents elected their first African American sheriff, Kenneth W. Ellis, who was formerly the Moundville police chief.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1865 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1867 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1867 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1867 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1867 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1870 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1881 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1870 21,792
1880 26,553
1890 27,501
1900 31,011
1910 27,883
1920 24,289
1930 26,265
1940 25,533
1950 20,832
1960 19,537
1970 15,888
1980 15,604
1990 15,498

Research Tips

Erie, an early county seat on the southeast side of Martin Lake, is part of the Ghost Town USA's Guide to the Ghost Towns of Alabama, hosted on RootsWeb.


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