It all started here.
Population loss as in major -- 50% or more. The first in a series.
Livingston is the county seat of Sumter County.
Population loss by degrees: 80-90%, 70-79%, 60-69%, 50-59%.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts
- 18.2% - Sumter County
- 24.5% - Alabama
- 30.9% - U.S.
Percentage of population 65 and older:
- 18.0% - Sumter County
- 16.9% - Alabama
- 16.0% - U.S.
% of population living in poverty:
- 35.9% - Sumter County
- 16.8% - Alabama
- 11.8% - U.S.
The last time Sumter County voted for a Republican presidential candidate was in 1964, when LBJ wasn't on the ballot. Clinton received 74% of the vote in 2016. George Wallace received 45.1% of the vote in 1968.
Alabama School Boycott Provokes Dispute on Promotions of Students. (The New York Times, 6/5/1970)
The school board in Sumter County, Ala., is weighing the possibility of penalizing black participants in a 10‐week school boycott and of filing insubordination charges against teachers and principals who ordered the students promoted or graduated in defiance of school board orders.Alabama County Ordered to Integrate. (The New York Times, 6/14/1970)
Three Federal judges, acting under the mandates of recent desegregation decisions, reluctantly ordered a rural Alabama county yesterday to integrate its schools completely and predicted that the order would result in complete resegregation.