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Morris

Christopher Maloney, Auburn University
Morris is located in north-central Jefferson County in the north-central part of Alabama above Birmingham. It has a mayor/council form of government.
History
Snow Rogers House
Settlers had already arrived in the area around present-day Morris by the time Alabama became a state in 1819, and a Baptist church was constructed soon after. The area was known variously as Shad Town, Kennedysville, and Kennelsville, according to some sources.
Morris proper was one of a number of towns that arose in the 1870s and 1880s following the arrival of the South and North Railroad (later the Louisville and Nashville Railroad) and the development of neighboring coal fields. The Jefferson Coal Company, owned by Truman Aldrich, Marshall Morris, and S. D. Holt, was incorporated at Morris in 1876. Coal from this venture fueled successful tests to determine the feasibility of creating coke pig iron at the Oxmoor furnace. Morris was incorporated on September 19, 1885, and was possibly named for a railroad official, for George Lafayette Morris, a founder of the Morris Mining Company, or for the aforementioned Marshall Morris. The town was again incorporated on again July 11, 1950.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Morris recorded a population of 1,775. Of that number, 96.2 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 2.3 percent as African American, 1.2 percent as two or more races, and 0.5 percent as Hispanic. The town's median household income was $68,958, and the per capita income was $33,323.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Morris was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (25.3 percent)
  • Manufacturing (11.8 percent)
  • Retail trade (11.7 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (9.8 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (7.5 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (7.0 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.4 percent)
  • Construction (5.4 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (5.2 percent)
  • Public administration (4.1 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (2.7 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (1.7 percent)
  • Information (1.5 percent)
Education
Public education in Morris is administered by Jefferson County, which oversees one elementary school and a school for the disabled in the town.
Transportation
Morris is accessed by U.S. Highway 31 that runs north-south and lies just east of Interstate 65. It is approximately 20 miles from the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
Events and Places of Interest
The city supports several parks, including a sports park with several baseball/softball diamonds. Listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage is the Snow-Rogers House (ca. 1898). The 18-hole public Green Briar Golf Course is located nearby.
Published:  May 10, 2013   |   Last updated:  September 30, 2020