Monroeville in Monroe County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
“From one store in 1822 to Alabama's Literary Capital in 1997”
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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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
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map 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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,743 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on July 23, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 29, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on October 1, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.