Population: 3,098 (2019)
About: Dadeville, AL, is located in the east-central region of the state in Tallapoosa County. The city was named for Major Francis Langhorne Dade, who passed in the Second Seminole War. The town was granted a charter in 1837, and became the Tallapoosa County seat in 1838. However, Dadeville lost its charter during the Civil War. The city was once again incorporated in 1871. Dadeville was home to Graefenberg Medical Institute, the state of Alabama’s first medical school. Graefenberg was in operation from 1852 to the start of the Civil War. After the war, efforts to reopen the school failed, and the building unfortunately burned in 1873.
Two main assets allowed Dadeville to grow economically and in population over the years. First, in 1873, the Memphis and Savannah Railroads were completed and ran through Dadeville from Columbus, GA. Another asset to the city of Dadeville was the 1926 completion of the Thomas Wesley Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River and the manmade Lake Martin. The dam and lake continue to have a strong economic impact on the city as they bring in outdoor recreation and fishing opportunities for visitors, as well as produce 154,200 kilowatts of hydroelectric power.
Dadeville is also home to a diverse population. Over 47% of the city’s population identify themselves as Black/African American. Tallapoosa County is just north of Alabama’s Black Belt, which contains land and soil that is rich for farming. Due to the history of slavery in the Black Belt and areas across the south, many African Americans decided to stay in the south after emancipation.
Fun Fact: New England Patriots outside linebacker Anfernee Jennings is from Dadeville Alabama and attended Dadeville High School. He also was named 4A All-State and 4A Lineman of the year in high school. After high school, he played football at the University of Alabama.
Community Website: City of Dadeville Website
Community Social Media: City of Dadeville Facebook Page
Dadeville, AL Welcomes ENI | September 8, 2022
Meet the Dadeville Community Liaison, Teneeshia Johnson
ENI is a community-focused, community-shaped initiative. Community Liaisons act as a resource to help communities shape ENI to fit their needs and wants. If you want to learn more or get involved with ENI, reach out to your Community Liaison.
Teneeshia Johnson is a graduate of Dadeville School, Central Alabama Community College, and Faulkner University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Serving the public is Teneeshia’s passion. For the past 18 years, she has been a social service director at LaFayette Extended Care, located in another ENI partner community. She is in her second year of her second term as City Councilperson in Dadeville. Teneeshia also serves as a director of the Water and Sewer Board for the City of Dadeville.