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James Dunn

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Tuscaloosa County, AL

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Early History of Tuscaloosa County

Tuscaloosa County was created December 13, 1819 from what was known as the 'Black Warrior Village'. Tuscaloosa became state capitol in 1826. Tuscaloosa became a busy river port, as the town was situated at the highest point river traffic could navigated to from Mobile. The 'Black Warrior Village' has been in existence as early as 1580, although it was abandoned at times. The village was unoccupied circa 1750-1760. The primary native tribes of the area were the Choctaw and Creeks. The Creeks resettled the old village around 1800. The first permanent settler of the Black Warrior Village was Thomas York, and family, who came to the area in early 1816. By late 1816 several families were in the area. A growing Tuscaloosa was chosen in 1825 as a replacement to the state capitol at Cahaba. The first session of the legislature was held there in 1829. Tuscaloosa served as the home for the state government from 1826 until 1846. As the eastern section of the state grew, legislators decided to move the capitol to the middle of the state at Montgomery on the Alabama River. The loss of the capital caused Tuscaloosa to lose over half of its population after 1846. In 1827 the state university was established at Tuscaloosa. On 18 April 1831 the University of Alabama began operations and enrolled 52 students. In 1865 Union troops known as Croxton's Raiders burned all but four of the University's buildings.

Your County Guide

As the ACPA Tuscaloosa County Representative, it is my mission and purpose to assist you in your endeavor to restore, preserve and adopt a cemetery in our beloved Tuscaloosa County. I will be happy to guide you and help provide on-line assistance and information to Tuscaloosa County citizens and businesses that have the desire to participate in this worthy cause. Whether you are an individual, a family, an organization or business, you can adopt a cemetery in need in your area. One of the missions of the ACPA is to locate and "confirm the location" of all of the cemeteries in the state of Alabama, especially those that are considered to be "lost" or newly discovered. Reporting and registering these cemeteries is very important in the process of "saving" them. If you know of an obscure or little-known cemetery in our county, I would like to hear from you.

Cemeteries In Need

Currently in Tuscaloosa County we have several cemeteries in need of care and protection and steps need to be taken to assure their preservation. Please call or e-mail me with your concerns and I would also like to hear from you regarding projects already underway to restore old sites. A Cemetery Restoration Project section is included this site. I invite you to use this section to "show and tell" about cemetery restoration and preservation projects you know about. Sharing your restoration processes will help all us to learn and grow in our mission.

Taylor Cemetery
Walton Cemetery
Patton Cemetery

These are examples of the many smaller family or community cemeteries in Tuscaloosa County. Many are well taken care of, however, many are in disrepair and are endangered or are already lost.

Join Hands

Please join me and the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance as we "join hands" to preserve an important part of Tuscaloosa County History. Not only will you be able to find the information and tools that you need to establish Perpetual Care for your cemetery, restore it's broken monuments, and find out ways to protect your cemetery from vandals, but you will be able to Register your cemetery with the ACPA, on this site. Please "join hands" as an individual or as part of a cemetery association to make a difference in Tuscaloosa County.

County Restoration Projects

It is my pleasure to server you as the
ACPA Tuscaloosa Country Representative.

Sincerely, James Dunn

To contact James Dunn, please visit the
ACPA Mail Center
and view the County Rep email contact list.