Childersburg, Alabama

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Childersburg is a city in Talladega and Shelby counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. At the 2000 census the population was 4,927. It claims a history dating back to 1540, as a village of the Coosa Nation. The Alabama Army Ammunition Plant was located 4 miles north of Childersburg.



Childersburg is located at 33°16′31″N 86°21′11″W / 33.27528°N 86.35306°W / 33.27528; -86.35306 (33.275187, -86.353166)[1].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.5 km²), of which, 7.7 square miles (20.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (2.40%) is water.


In the sixteenth century people identified as part of the Kymulga phase culture lived at the site of Childersburg.[2] This leads to Childersburg claiming to be "America's oldest continuously occupied city".[3] The Abihka people dominated the area by the 18th century.[4]

Joseph C. Parker, who later would be a key figure in convincing Dexter Avenue Baptist Church to appoint Martin Luther King Jr. as their pastor, was for a time a school principal in Childersburg.[5]

For a time there was a munitions plant in the area of Childersburg.[6]

Historical Populations

In 1990 Childersburg had a population of 4,600[7]


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 4,927 people, 1,999 households, and 1,419 families residing in the city. The population density was 637.2 people per square mile (246.1/km²). There were 2,149 housing units at an average density of 277.9/sq mi (107.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 68.87% White, 29.73% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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