Acmar is a former unincorporated community and neighborhood within the city of Moody in St. Clair County, in the U.S. state of Alabama.

Acmar, Alabama
Acmar, Alabama is located in Alabama
Acmar, Alabama
Acmar, Alabama
Acmar, Alabama is located in the United States
Acmar, Alabama
Acmar, Alabama
Coordinates: 33°37′17″N 86°29′46″W / 33.62139°N 86.49611°W / 33.62139; -86.49611Coordinates: 33°37′17″N 86°29′46″W / 33.62139°N 86.49611°W / 33.62139; -86.49611
CountryUnited States
StateAlabama
CountySt. Clair
Elevation
804 ft (245 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)205
GNIS feature ID164535[1]

HistoryEdit

Henry F. DeBardeleben, founder of the Alabama Fuel & Iron Company (AFICO), opened two coal mines at Acmar.[2] The mines were serviced by the Central of Georgia Railway, with coal production peaking in 1926.[2] In October 1935, one miner was killed and six were injured when strikers belonging to the United Mine Workers of America attempted to drive into the mines.[3] The mines at Acmar closed in 1951. The community was later annexed into the city of Moody.

A post office was established at Acmar in 1911, and remained in operation until it was discontinued in 1987.[4] Acmar is a conjoin of the names Acton and Margaret[5] AFICO also operated mines at both of these locations.[2]

The Cahaba River originates near Acmar.[6]

DemographicsEdit

Acmar Precinct (1930-50)Edit

Census Pop.
19301,965
19401,850−5.9%
19501,616−12.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

Acmar village has never reported a population figure separately on the U.S. Census as an unincorporated community. However, the 26th precinct within St. Clair County bore its name from 1930-1950.[8] In the 1930 and 1940[9] returns, when the census recorded racial statistics for the precincts, both times reported a White majority for the precinct. In 1960, the precincts were merged and/or reorganized into census divisions (as part of a general reorganization of counties) and it was consolidated into the census division of Moody.[10] The village itself was later annexed into the city of Moody.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Acmar". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c James Sanders Day (24 June 2013). Diamonds in the Rough: A History of Alabama's Cahaba Coal Field. University of Alabama Press. pp. 64–86. ISBN 978-0-8173-1794-2.
  3. ^ Robert H. Woodrum (2007). "Everybody was Black Down There": Race and Industrial Change in the Alabama Coalfields. University of Georgia Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-0-8203-2739-6.
  4. ^ "St. Clair County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  5. ^ Foscue, Virginia O. (1989). Place Names in Alabama. University of Alabama Press. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-8173-0410-2.
  6. ^ Eddie Wayne Shell (2013). Evolution of the Alabama Agroecosystem: Always Keeping Up, but Never Catching Up. NewSouth Books. p. 38. ISBN 978-1-60306-203-9.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  8. ^ http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/10612963v3p1ch02.pdf
  9. ^ http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/33973538v2p1ch4.pdf
  10. ^ http://www2.census.gov/prod2/decennial/documents/37721510v1p2ch2.pdf