Clanton, Alabama

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Clanton is a city in Chilton County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 7,800.[2] The city is the county seat of Chilton County.



The town was founded by Alfred Baker in 1868, when Chilton County was formed. Clanton was named in honor of General James H. Clanton, a brigadier in the Confederate States Army, and was incorporated on April 23, 1873. Baker was also elected first mayor of the town.[1]

Early Civil Rights activist Ida B. Wells reproduced a photographic postcard depicting an 1891 lynching in Clanton to educate the white public of the atrocities committed against blacks.[3]

During World War II, a small German Prisoner of War camp was located in Clanton.[4]


Clanton is located at 32°50'23.316" North, 86°37'41.477" West (32.839810, -86.628188)[5].

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.4 square miles (53 km2) of which 20.3 square miles (53 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.15%) is water.[6]


As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 7,800 people, 3,168 households, and 2,128 families residing in the city.[2] The population density was 383.8 inhabitants per square mile (148.2 /km2). There were 3,510 housing units at an average density of 172.7 per square mile (66.7 /km2).[6] The racial makeup of the city was 77.31% White, 20.01% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 2.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[2]

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