Atmore is a city in Escambia County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 7,676. According to the 2005 U.S. Census estimates, the city had a population of 7,530.
Marva Collins born August 31, 1936 in Atmore, AL is an American educator who in 1975 started Westside Preparatory School in Garfield Park, an impoverished neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. She ran the school for more than 30 years until it closed in 2008 due to lack of sufficient enrollment and funding. She is famous for applying classical education successfully with impoverished students, many of whom had been wrongly labeled as learning disabled by public schools. She once wrote, "I have discovered few learning disabled students in my three decades of teaching. I have, however, discovered many, many victims of teaching inabilities." She has written a number of manuals, books and motivational tracts describing her history and methods, and currently (2006) has a website and public speaking service. She was most widely publicized in the 1981 biographical TV movie The Marva Collins Story starring Cicely Tyson and Morgan Freeman.
For most of the 20th century, the Atmore area was primarily a farming, timber, and light industry community. A major commercial industry has been Swift Supply Lumber Company. For many years, the "Vanity Fair" lingerie company operated a manufacturing sewing plant in Atmore, offering employment to the citizens of Atmore and surrounding communities. Its closing created a short-term employment crisis.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,867, and the median income for a family was $29,813.
The Holman Correctional Facility of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is in unincorporated southwestern Escambia County, 9 miles north of Atmore. Holman has a male death row and the State of Alabama execution chamber. In addition Fountain Correctional Facility is about 7 miles north of Atmore, in an unincorporated area.
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DINING - CATERING - BBQ - SOUL FOOD
David's Catfish House - Category: Seafood - 1504 S Main St. Atmore, AL 36502 (251) 368-3063 - (visit website)
Empowerment Tabernacle Church of God in Christ - 309 Peachtree St, Atmore, AL 36502
Faith Temple Church Of God In Christ - 71 Scott St., Atmore, AL 36502
Gaines Chapel AME Church - 122 Carver Avenue, Atmore, AL 36502
Miracle Temple Church Of God In Christ - 309 Peachtree St, Atmore, AL 36502
Zion Star AME Church - 127 Carver Avenue, Atmore, AL 36502
A Taste of the South
Held in the month of August
Held at Heritage Park in August, A Taste of the South is an evening of entertainment and food from Atmoreís best cooks. This annual event is coordinated by the Leadership Atmore Class of 2004.
Held in the month of May
On the first Saturday in May at Tom Byrne Park, Atmore celebrates Mayfest with sports events, arts and crafts and a variety of food. There are many different forms of entertainment on the Gazebo Stage throughout the day. Itís an event for the entire family.
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