Population: 2,943 (2019)
About: LaFayette, AL, can be found in the east-central Alabama on a ridge that separates the Chattahoochee Tallapoosa River basins. This land was originally occupied by Creek Indians but was forcibly taken by the federal government in 1832. The new territory was then divided into counties. LaFayette is centered in Chambers County and is the county seat. The city was originally called Chambersville but was renamed to honor Revolutionary War hero and French General, Marquis de Lafayette. After the renaming the town, LaFayette was incorporated into Chambers County on January 7, 1835 and has remained the county seat since. LaFayette has been an extremely agriculture-based economy since its inception and relied on enslaved people for free and forced labor before the Civil War. After the war, many African Americans stayed in the south and established themselves in LaFayette and Chambers County. Today, LaFayette is home to 2,943 people with 61% of people identifying as Black or Africa American.
Fun Fact: LaFayette is the birthplace of heavy weight boxing champion Joe Louis.
Community Website: City of Lafayette Website
LaFayette offered chance to participate in equitable initiative January 12, 2022
LaFayette, AL, Welcomes ENI | March 8, 2022
Meet the LaFayette Community Liaison, Adrian Holloway
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.
Adrian Holloway is a native of LaFayette and a 2001 graduate of Jacksonville State University. She currently serves as administrator for a local not-for-profit hospice agency. A nurse by profession, she has 20+ years of nursing experience in a variety of areas that include hospice, medical/surgical, labor & delivery, postpartum, nursing education as well as rehabilitative nursing. Adrian is active in her community and seeks out/creates opportunities to make a difference. She is the founder of P.H.Y.R.E. (People Helping Youth Reach Excellence) which is an organization whose primary focus is to impact and enrich the lives of our youth; one of the avenues for doing this is through a partnership established with the local school district to host an annual Back to School Bash to provide free school supplies to students across the district and in the surrounding area. Adrian currently serves as board member for the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce. She was a recipient of the Greater Valley Area “Community Mover & Shaper Award”. She has worked closely with the City of LaFayette on various projects and was instrumental in assisting to re-establish a LaFayette tradition of Christmas on the Square and the annual Christmas parade after many years without it.