Monroe County, Alabama

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Monroe County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. As of 2000, the population was 24,324. Its county seat is Monroeville.

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History

Monroe County was established on June 29, 1815. It is known as the county older than the state.

The county seat, Monroeville, is the home of two notable authors, Truman Capote and Nelle Harper Lee, who were childhood neighbors. Novelist Mark Childress and journalist Cynthia Tucker are also Monroe County natives. In 1997 the Alabama legislature designated Monroeville and Monroe County the "Literary Capital of Alabama." Also home to Derek Johnson, native of Excel, Alabama, who is a country music agent and manager in Nashville, Tennessee. He has worked with the likes of Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Daryle Singletary, Confederate Railroad, Hayley Williams of Paramore, and many more.

The county has been declared a disaster area twice due to extensive hurricane damage: in September 1979 due to Hurricane Frederic, and in September 2004 due to Hurricane Ivan.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,679 km² (1,035 square miles). Nearly 1,026 square miles (2,657 km²) of it is land, and 9 square miles (22 km²) of it (0.84%) is water.

Major highways

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