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Munford

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Munford is located in northeastern Talladega County in the central part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
Munford's first settlers arrived in the area in the early 1830s. It is best known for the Battle of Munford, a Civil War skirmish that took place between Confederate and Union troops on April 23, 1865, two weeks after Gen. Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox. About 150 Confederates engaged Union forces under Gen. John T. Croxton numbering around 1,500. The Union troops quickly overran the Confederate position; one soldier was killed on each side (although one source says that two Union soldiers were killed). This conflict was likely the final battle fought east of the Mississippi River at the end of the war.
Munford was incorporated in 2002.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Munford recorded a population of 1,356. Of that number, 72.7 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 19.1 percent as African American, 5.6 percent as Hispanic, 2.3 percent as two or more races, and 0.3 as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. The town's median household income was $35,833, and the per capita income was $16,556.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Munford was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Manufacturing (23.8 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (19.5 percent)
  • Retail trade (14.1 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (12.6 percent)
  • Construction (5.6 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (4.5 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (4.0 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (4.0 percent)
  • Public administration (4.0 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (3.4 percent)
  • Wholesale trade (2.3 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (2.2 percent)
Education
Schools in Munford are part of the Talladega County school system; the town has one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.
Transportation
Interstate Highway 20 runs east-west about a mile north of town, and State Highway 21 runs through the southern part of town, going northeast-southwest.
Events and Places of Interest
Cheaha State Park borders the town to the southeast. Old Munford High School, Ophelia S. Hill School, The Cedars Plantation, and the Valley Head United Methodist Church are listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage.
Munford maintains a Senior Center and a Community Center, as wells as baseball fields and a football field.

Additional Resources

Jemison. E. Grace. Historic Tales of Talladega. 1959. Reprint Huntsville, Ala.: The Strode Publishers, Inc., 1984.
Talladega County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Talladega County. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000.
Published:  July 2, 2013   |   Last updated:  October 1, 2020