Perry County--The county became a major center for education in the Black Belt. Baptists founded both Judson College (1838) and Howard College (1842). Lincoln Normal School (1867) was founded by freed slaves.
Sumter County--The Tombigbee River runs along the county's eastern border. The river is one of the most biologically diverse in the nation.
Black Belt (region of Alabama) - Wikipedia
The ALGenWeb Project - Monroe County: Census Records
Lowndes County--The county is characterized by rolling prairies and flat plains dotted with pine and oak forests.
Crenshaw County-- The center of the Alabama's timber industry also hosts the annual "World's Largest Peanut Boil" festival.
Russell County--Fort Mitchell is located in Russell County, less than one mile west of the Chattahoochee River. The fort was established in late 1812 along the site of a horse path through the Creek Nation that allowed white settlers to cross Creek land while traveling from Georgia to the Mississippi Territory in the early 1800s.
Montgomery County--The home of the state capital emerged from an antebellum economy reliant upon cotton to a modern diversified economy that now includes the automotive industry and major military bases.