County: Mobile County
About: Prichard is located in northwest Mobile County, Alabama. Originally, the City of Prichard, then known as Toulminville, was located at a rail station on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Cleveland Prichard purchased the land from the original owners in 1879 and intended to start a farming center. He purchased crops from local farmers and shipped them throughout the country. Prichard became known as the “Vegetable King,” and his model was replicated in other states. Prior to World War I, the town was quickly growing due to the arrival of shipbuilding companies which promoted economic growth. The town was incorporated in 1925, and basic city organizations, such as a police force, were established. In the 1960s, Prichard peaked at a population of roughly 47,000, but the population has declined since. Major employers left the area during the 1980s and 1990s, negatively affecting the local economy. Prichard is home to 18,870 individuals, of whom 91.2% identify as Black or African American. Almost 40% of the workforce is employed in educational services, health care, and social assistance. The Whistler Historic District contains houses and other buildings from the nineteenth century.
Fun Fact: Jimmie V. Adams, a retired four-star general in the United States Air Force, was born in Prichard.
Community Website: City of Prichard Website
Community Social Media: City of Prichard Facebook
Meet the Prichard Community Liaison, LaSheryl Dotch
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Attorney LaSheryl Dotch has over 10 years of experience within the judicial system and a fresh passion for law. She has been active in the Alabama Circuit Court System specializing in civil, criminal and domestic relations. She was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama.
She is a high school graduate of Murphy High School. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Auburn University where she majored in Public Administration. She also graduated from Faulkner University’s Thomas Goode Jones School of Law with both her Juris Doctor (J.D.) & Legal Masters (LL.M.) in Alternative Dispute Resolution & Trial Advocacy. She is currently licensed to practice law in Alabama, Texas and Georgia.
Attorney Dotch has a passion for educating people, especially the youth, on the law or anything her education has given her the opportunity to learn. Her goal is to instill knowledge back into her community with hopes of bringing about a positive change in the young people that are our future. She is the youngest of four children, has four nieces and one nephew, and a plethora of unofficial nieces and nephews with whom she loves teaching and serving as a positive role model. Attorney Dotch currently serves as City Prosecutor for the City of Prichard where she has the opportunity to use her passion to lead and serve.