Category: Calhoun County Alabama

Calhoun County Alabama located in northeast Alabama, is home to Anniston, a leader in textile and iron ore production during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

The county was initially named Benton County in honor of Missouri senator Thomas Hart Benton, an arch defender of westward expansion and slavery. After Benton declared himself an opponent of slavery in the 1850s, Alabama supporters of slavery voted to change the county’s name to Calhoun in honor of radical secessionist John C. Calhoun.

At the time of the 2010 Census, Calhoun County recorded a population of 118,572. Of that total, 74.9 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 20.6 percent as African American, 3.3 percent as Hispanic, 1.7 as two or more races, 0.7 as Asian, and 0.5 as Native Americans.

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