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Here is Fayette County, Alabama, home of Dexter Roberts, American Idol Finalist in 2014

Dexter Roberts was one of three Alabama finalists of American Idol for 2014.  He is from the town of Fayette which is the county seat of Fayette County, Alabama.


Fayette is about an hour’s drive from Jasper,  the home C. J. Harris, another of the three Alabama finalists in the top nine. Both Fayette and Jasper are around 150 miles from Slapout, Alabama, home of the third Alabama contestant, Jessica Meuse.

Fayette map

Fayette is named in honor of General LaFayette who was touring Alabama in 1823

Fayette County was created around the same time as Walker County in 1823 from parts of Tuscaloosa and Marion Counties. It was named in honor of General LaFayette, the distinguished Frenchman and patriot of the American Revolution, who was making his second tour through the United States at the period of the formation of the county.

On the old McConnell plantation along the road running northeast from the town of Fayette, and about half a mile off Sipsey River, near Antioch church, is a group of mounds. The name Luxapallila (popularly referred to as meaning “Floating Turtle,” but more properly “Creek where the terrapin crawls”), given to the river of that name, indicates Native American occupancy. The territory in the county was undoubtedly a common hunting ground of the Creeks, Choctaws and Chickasaws.

An Indian town site was near the village of Texas in Fayette

The territory included in this county was off the early trails. In the extreme northern section of the county, just south of the village of Texas, was an Indian town site, where pot sherds, arrow and spearpoints, and some broken pipes have been noted. The site is a half mile back on the high ground.

The first post office was established at Fayette Court House (the county seat) 14 Feb 1826.  The name of the office was changed to Fayette 26 May 1892.  A courthouse fire in 1866 resulted in the loss of numerous early records.

Below is a film of Fayette, Dexter Robert’s home town when they their Centennial Celebration in 2011. It also includes part of a performance by another Alabama and the 5th season American Idol winner, Taylor Hicks.

 

The town of Fayette was recently featured in Today in America.

 

SOURCES

  1. Owen, Thomas McAdory. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1921.

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3 comments

  1. […] if you take in to account that three of the last nine finalists on American Idol this year, Robert Dexter, Jessica Meuse, and C. J. Harris, all live within 150 miles of each other in Alabama. That is […]

  2. […] Fayette County, Alabama was created by the legislature December 20, 1824. Its territory was originally a part of Tuscaloosa and Marion Counties. It lost its western section with the formation, February 4, 1867, of Jones County, the name of which was changed first to Sanford, and still later, to Lamar. Its area was 643 square miles or 411,520 acres. […]

  3. Such a great honor for the city to be named after Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette . His name is indeed a mouthful ! I suggest you to write an artile about this great military leader

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