La Fayette, Alabama

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LaFayette (Pronounced: "Lah-FĀY-et") is the county seat of Chambers County, Alabama, United States, 47 miles (76 km) northwest of Columbus, Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city was 3,234.[2]

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History

Chambers County was formed in 1832. The newly elected county officials opted to locate the county seat as near as possible to the center of the county. Lots for the new town were auctioned in October 1833, with proceeds from the sale financing the construction of a courthouse and jail. The town was first called Chambersville, but by the time of incorporation on January 7, 1835, the town name had been changed to LaFayette.[1]

Scenes from the movie Mississippi Burning were filmed at the Chambers County Courthouse and in downtown LaFayette.[1]

Lafayette is the birthplace of heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis. An eight-foot bronze statue was erected in his honor in front of the Chambers County courthouse.[3] It is also the hometown of Hoyt L. Sherman, one of artist Roy Lichtenstein's principal art professor/mentors at The Ohio State University.

Geography

LaFayette is located at 32°53'54.859" North, 85°24'2.822" West (32.898572, -85.400784)[4]. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.9 square miles (23 km2), all of it land.[5]

Demographics

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 3,234 people, 1,164 households, and 779 families residing in the city.[2] The population density was 365.4 inhabitants per square mile (141.1 /km2). There were 1,305 housing units at an average density of 147.5 square miles (382 km2).[5] The racial makeup of the city was 67.29% Black or African American, 32.07% White, 0.03% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.25% from two or more races. 0.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.[2]

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