|• Mayor||James Giganti Jr.|
|• Total||15.6 sq mi (40.4 km2)|
|• Land||15.5 sq mi (40.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2) 0.32%|
|Elevation||449 ft (137 m)|
|• Density||192/sq mi (74.1/km2)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
GeographyAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.6 square miles (40 km2), of which, 15.6 square miles (40 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.32%) is water.
HistoryAbbeville is the oldest remaining colonial settlement in East Alabama from Florida to the Tennessee line. Its older than the county of Henry and the State of Alabama. The city was named for "Abbe", a local Muscogee Indian man at the time of the town's settlement. The name means "a grove of dogwood trees". An active trading post was located in Abbeville in Alabama Territory early in 1819. The first settler gateway to the wiregrass was at Franklin located fourteen miles west of Abbeville.
In 1944, an activist African-American woman, Recy Taylor, was gang-raped by six white men. Even though the men admitted the rape to authorities, two grand juries subsequently declined to indict the men (as documented in the book, At the Dark End of the Street). From a historic point of view, "The Recy Taylor case brought the building blocks of the Montgomery bus boycott together a decade earlier."
In 1950 Abbeville had a population of 2,162.
GovernmentAbbeville is governed via a mayor-council government. The mayor is elected at large. The city council consists of five members who are elected from districts.
MediaAbbeville is served by one radio station, WESZ-LP.
Public schoolsAbbeville is a part of the Henry County Public Schools system.
- Abbeville High School
- Abbeville Middle School
- Abbeville Elementary School
- Abbeville Christian Academy
- Chris Porter, former Auburn University basketball player and professional basketball player
- Recy Taylor, an African-American woman whose gang-rape in Abbeville by six white men provided an early organizational spark for the nationwide Civil Rights movement.
The Bethune-Kennedy House is a rare, dual front door, double pen Creole cottage which was constructed circa 1840 and is the oldest remaining structure in Abbeville. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 5, 1978.