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Monroeville in Monroe County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Monroeville, Alabama

“From one store in 1822 to Alabama's Literary Capital in 1997”

 
 
Monroeville, Alabama Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
1. Monroeville, Alabama Marker (Front)
Inscription.
Front:
Originally a part of the Mississippi Territory purchased from Spain in 1795, this area was inhabited and controlled by Indian Nations until 1814. Now safe from Indian uprisings, settlers migrated down the Old Federal Road as far as Burnt Corn and thence westward across the Old Stage Road that traversed through Monroeville and connected with Claiborne. Other settlers came from Mobile on the Alabama River. First known as The Crossroads, then Walker's Mill and Store, and Centerville (until the county seat was moved from Claiborne in 1832), the founding of Monroeville can be traced to an 80-acre land purchase by Monroe County in July 1831. The three-ace public square is part of the original land purchase. Early economic survival was dependent on more than 400 small farms throughout the county. The economic turning point for area farmers came with the opening of the town's first bank, the First National Bank, in 1904.
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Reverse:
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Monroeville's industry got its start when Vanity Fair Mills opened its first sewing plant in 1937 on Alabama Avenue. Originally employing 300 people, mostly women, the plant became known as the Southern Corporate Headquarters, and at its peak in 1995, employed 2,500. Vanity Fair contributed considerably
Monroeville, Alabama Marker (Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
2. Monroeville, Alabama Marker (Reverse)
to Monroeville's infrastructure, including Whitey Lee Park, its five-acre lake, the Monroeville Community House, etc. Additional industries, including the Alabama River Company established at Claiborne in 1978, followed Vanity Fair's lead in choosing the Monroeville area for growth and expansion. Famous Monroeville residents include Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Nelle Harper Lee, author of the internationally acclaimed novel, "To Kill A Mockingbird," set in the 1930s small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Lee's childhood playmate, Truman Capote, also lived here. In 1991, the Monroe County Heritage Museum staged its first production of "To Kill A Mockingbird." The production is an annual spring event by The Mockingbird Players, an all-volunteer cast. In 1997, Monroeville was officially designated "The Literary Capital of Alabama."
 
Erected 2010 by Alabama Tourism Department and the City of Monroeville.
 
Location. 31° 31.591′ N, 87° 19.438′ W. Marker is in Monroeville, Alabama, in Monroe County. Marker is at the intersection of South Alabama Avenue (State Highway 21) and West Claiborne Street, on the right when traveling south on South Alabama Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monroeville AL 36460, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
Monroeville, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
3. Monroeville, Alabama Marker
within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Atticus Finch: Lawyer - Hero (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Monroe County Courthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A County Older Than The State (about 400 feet away); “Lucas’ Raiders” (about 700 feet away); Truman Capote (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peterman, Alabama (approx. 5.6 miles away); Old Federal Road (approx. 7.6 miles away); Puryearville (approx. 7.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Monroeville.
 
Also see . . .
1. City of Monroeville Alabama website. (Submitted on October 1, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. Encyclopedia of Alabama entry on Monroeville. (Submitted on January 4, 2013, by Laura Hill of Auburn, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicSettlements & Settlers
 
Monroeville, Alabama Marker image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
4. Monroeville, Alabama Marker
Mural of Monroeville by artist Joe Wilson. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
5. Mural of Monroeville by artist Joe Wilson.
Old Monroe County Courthouse now serves as the Monroe County Heritage Museum image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
6. Old Monroe County Courthouse now serves as the Monroe County Heritage Museum
East side of the Square (Alabama Avenue) image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
7. East side of the Square (Alabama Avenue)
The white building with the blue awning, Morgan Furniture Company, was owned by the Faulks, Truman Capote's cousins with whom he lived.
The former Monroe County Bank Building. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
8. The former Monroe County Bank Building.
It was here in this building Harper Lee's father, Attorney A. C. Lee had his law office.
West side of Square, two-story square building was the 1930's jail. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
9. West side of Square, two-story square building was the 1930's jail.
Hybart-Hendrix-Brewton house, circa 1915. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, September 25, 2011
10. Hybart-Hendrix-Brewton house, circa 1915.
Aerial view of downtown Monroeville, Alabama. image. Click for full size.
By TRCP Alliance, October 25, 1987
11. Aerial view of downtown Monroeville, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,620 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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