Historical Background – Tuskegee

Tuskegee was founded and laid out in 1833 by General Thomas Simpson Woodward who fought in the Indian Wars under Andrew Jackson. It was probably named after an Indian tribe, the Taskigis, living in this section, General Woodward built the first home in town. It was partially destroyed by fire and rebuilt by Mr. William Campbell. The first home on the square was built by Mr. James Dent. Tuskegee was the home of the Taskigis, Channuanugee, Chehaws and Tallassee Indian tribes.

The City was incorporated in 1843. A local newspaper, the Tuskegee News, was first published in April 1865. Many noted men and women of national and international fame attended educational institutions in Tuskegee. The first law school in Alabama was located in Tuskegee. The Baptist College for Women in 1848; the Tuskegee Female College (later moved to Montgomery as Huntingdon College) in 1856; Tuskegee Military Institute for Boys; and Park High School for Boys were among the early schools that flourished before the public schools were established in 1898. Even today Tuskegee ranks fifth from the top of cities in Alabama have the highest percentage of college graduates. Macon County ranks fourth of the counties in the state with respect to having the highest percentage of college graduates.

The City is located in east-central Alabama and is 40 miles east of Montgomery, the State Capitol. It is the geographic county seat with a population of slightly over 11,000. It is the largest community and one of four incorporated towns in a predominantly rural county. The City has a council-manager form of government with elections being held every four (4) years. This is the first term of the council-manager form of government with a representative chosen from districts 1, 2, and 3, at-large and a Mayor. Mr. Alfred J. Davis is the first City Manager and has been serving in this capacity since March 2005. The Manager is selected by the Mayor and Council to serve as the Chief Executive Officer.

Painting by Ronald McDowell

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It is our desire to grow and diversify our economy and to promote tourism for the joy of sharing our heritage.