Alabama Genealogy Newsletter



Suggest a resource/link or submit an article for inclusion

Lowndes County Genealogy




Sign up for the Alabama Genealogy Newsletter:

Popularity: 27% [?]

Lowndes County Alabama History and Profile:

Lowndes County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. It is named in honor of William Lowndes, a member of the United States Congress from South Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the population was 13,473. Its county seat is Hayneville.

Lowndes County is part of the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Lowndes County, Alabama, was established on January 20, 1830.
Civil Rights Era

The county was referred to as “Bloody Lowndes,” the rusty buckle of Alabama’s Black Belt. In 1965, a full century after the American Civil War, things had not changed much: 86 white families owned 90 percent of the land in the county and controlled the government. Black residents worked mostly in low-level rural jobs. Not one black resident was registered to vote.

The success of the Selma to Montgomery marches and passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, encouraged civil rights leaders to believe they could fight racism even in Bloody Lowndes. “The Lowndes County Freedom Organization” was founded in the county as a new, independent political party designed to help blacks stand up to intimidation and murder.

Organized by the young dynamic civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Lowndes residents launched an intensive effort to register blacks to vote in County.

SNCC’s plan was simple: get enough people to vote so blacks might control the local government and redirect services to black residents, 80 percent of whom lived below the poverty line. Carmichael and others organized registration drives, demonstrations, and political education classes in support of the black residents. Passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act meant that the federal government was on their side, too.

In 1966, the Lowndes County Freedom Organization entered several local residents as candidates for county offices. It adopted the emblem of the black panther in contrast to the white-dominated Alabama Democratic Party’s white rooster. Whites in Lowndes County reacted strongly to the LCFO. In retaliation for civil rights work, white landowners evicted many black sharecroppers, leaving them both homeless and unemployed.

The SNCC and Lowndes County leaders worked to help these families stay together and remain in the county. They bought tents, cots, heaters, food, and water and helped several families build a temporary “tent city”. Despite harassment, including shots regularly fired into the encampment, residents persevered for nearly two years as organizers helped them find new jobs and look for permanent housing. Whites also refused to serve known LCFO members in stores and restaurants. Several small riots broke out over the issue. The LCFO pushed forward and continued to organize and register voters.

The black candidates were defeated then, but others have since been elected. While their initial attempt was unsuccessful, the LCFO continued to fight. Their goal of democratic, community control of politics spread into the wider civil rights movement.

The first Black sherrif in the county was John Hullett, elected in 1970.

Source: Wikipedia

Cities and Towns of Lowndes County, Alabama:

* Benton
* Fort Deposit
* Gordonville
* Hayneville
* Letohatchee
* Lowndesboro
* Mosses
* White Hall

300x250

Lowndes County Government

Hayneville/Lowndes County Public Library
4 Washington Street
Hayneville, AL 36040

White Hall Public Library
640 Freedom Road
White Hall, AL 36040

Lowndes County Historic Places

Calhoun School Principal’s House
Lowndes County Courthouse
Lowndesboro
James Spullock Williamson House

Lowndes County Genealogy Resources

Lowndes County Alabama USGenWeb Project Site

Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society
Covering the Counties of Alabama’s Black Belt Region–Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox

Lowndes County, Alabama USGenWeb archives

Lowndes County Genealogy page at KindredTrails

Vital Records

If you are outside the state of Alabama and are looking to request copies of vital records you must contact the statewide office of vital records:

Alabama Vital Records
P.O. Box 5625
Montgomery, AL 36103-5625
(334) 206-5418
Fax: (334) 262-9563

You can also call (334) 206-5418

There were no birth certificates prior to 1908, some counties may have recorded births in a ledger however. One way to search this centrally is by contacting:

Department of Archives and History
624 Washington Ave
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-4363

Birth and Death Records have been recorded in Alabama since 1908, Marriage Records since August 1936 and Divorces since 1950.

Census

1850 Federal Census Index and Transcription

1880 Federal Census Transcription – Bentons Beat – White Residents

Tax Records

Cemeteries

USGS listing of Cemeteries in Lowndes County

Lowndes County Cemetery Transcriptions
Cemetery Transcriptions (Although both are usgenweb this seems a slightly different listing.)

Query Forums

Genealogy Forums can be a great way to find other people that are researching the same ancestors as you are. Even if they may be not be researching the same direct line but related lines you may find information that is useful in your own research. Make sure to verify any other research that you add to your own research and try to document it well. If asking questions in genealogy forums it is good to provide as much information as possible and in the subject of the posting try to give name and a date or range of dates to help make your query more likely to be found. Posts with titles like “looking for family” or “help!” are too generic and something along the lines of “John Smith b. abt 1828 md. Hannah Jones” would be more helpful to get your post read by those that are interested in the John Smith/Hannah Jones family.

Lowndes County, AL at
genforum

News Related to Lowndes County, AL

“Lowndes County” al – Google News

Valdosta murder suspect pleads guilty – FOX6 WBRC – MyFoxAL.com

Valdosta murder suspect pleads guilty
FOX6 WBRC – MyFoxAL.com
"The judge sentenced him to life on the murder charge and he's doin' a presentencing investigation to determine what he should get on the armed robbery charge," said Lowndes County Chief Assistant District Attorney Brad Shealy. James originally agreed

and more »




From Selma to Black Power – The Atlantic


The Atlantic
From Selma to Black Power
The Atlantic
The march to Montgomery took place on Highway 80, a road that traverses Alabama's Black Belt and narrows to two lanes east of Selma, when it enters Lowndes County. The court order permitting the demonstration stated only three hundred marchers could …
Monument marks site of woman's death during civil rights struggleCasper Star-Tribune Online
60-Second Know-It-All: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and 'Turnaround Tuesday'cleveland.com
Selma: 'Marching to the Freedom Dream'Wall Street Journal
The Seattle Times -MiamiHerald.com
all 5,561 news articles »




The little lady with a big legacy – Weld for Birmingham (blog)


Weld for Birmingham (blog)
The little lady with a big legacy
Weld for Birmingham (blog)
In 1932, she enrolled in the University of Alabama Law School, at a time when there were perhaps 25 women practicing law in the state of Alabama. Then more than now, the legal … On Thursday morning, April 1, a week after the conclusion of the Selma




Slain Civil Rights Activist To Receive Posthumous Degree From Wayne State … – CBS Local


CBS Local
Slain Civil Rights Activist To Receive Posthumous Degree From Wayne State
CBS Local
… a stone marker has stood along U.S. 80 in Alabama's Lowndes County, near the spot where Viola Gregg Liuzzo, a white Detroit housewife, was fatally shot by Klansmen while shuttling demonstrators after the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.
Viola Gregg Liuzzo, activist murdered in Selma in 1965, honored for life's workAL.com

all 95 news articles »




School to honor slain rights activist – Montgomery Advertiser


Montgomery Advertiser
School to honor slain rights activist
Montgomery Advertiser
DETROIT – For 24 years, a stone marker has stood along U.S. 80 in Alabama's Lowndes County, near the spot where Viola Gregg Liuzzo was fatally shot by Klansmen while shuttling demonstrators after the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights march.

and more »




Selma-to-Montgomery marchers reach Capitol – Montgomery Advertiser


Montgomery Advertiser
Selma-to-Montgomery marchers reach Capitol
Montgomery Advertiser
EDITOR'S NOTE: Albert Cesare and Kelsey Davis, two Montgomery Advertiser journalists, made the five-day Selma-to-Montgomery march with young people from across the country, camping out each night with them at the Lowndes County Interpretive …

and more »


Popularity: 27% [?]

Sign up for the Alabama Genealogy Newsletter:

Popularity: 27% [?]

Suggest a resource/link or submit an article for inclusion