Adele "Vera" Hall Ward

Adele Vera Ward

Adele Vera Hall (1902-1964) is considered by many music fans to be the foremost singer of the blues and African American spirituals to come out of depression-era Alabama. Vera Hall, as she is popularly known, recorded a large body of work for ethnomusicologists (individuals who study music in a cultural context) working for the Library of Congress with the help of Alabama folklorist Ruby Pickens Tartt. Hall’s music is widely available and continues to influence contemporary artists, such as Moby, and attract new audiences.Ward was born around the turn of the century in Payneville, Alabama just outside of Livingston in Sumter County.

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Sumter County Alabama Courthouse by DwayneP

Sumter County Alabama

Sumter County Alabama


Sumter County, Alabama, was created on 1832 Dec. 18, from former Choctaw Indian territory. The county is located in the west-central part of the state, bordering the State of Mississippi to the west and the Tombigbee River to the east. Sumter County encompasses 907 square miles. The county seat was established at Livingston Alabama in 1833.