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This category features a collection of individuals and family photographs and documents.
The Murder of Moses Hanser
This is a newspaper article that describes the murder of Moses Hanser, a "free negro" living in Florence. According to the article, Hanser was in Florence following the "dying business" and may have been staying with a man named Goyne (or Goin). The…
Death Records of Florence Painter Aleck Foster and Wife Callie Handy
The February 24, 1905 Florence Times death of notice of Florence painter Aleck Foster and December 12, 1912 Alabama death certificate of his wife Callie Handy Foster.
Alexander "Aleck" Foster (ca. 1850-1905), referred to as "one of the landmarks…
Obituary and Death Notice of Oscar Casey
The Florence Herald and Florence Times obituary and death notice of African-American resident of St. Florian (approximately 5 miles NE of Florence), Oscar Casey, who died after he fell into a ditch, said to be intoxicated, and being unable to regain …
A Series of Newspaper Articles and Other Documents on Florence Physician Dr. Leonard Jerry Hicks, MD (1899-1973).
Dr. Hicks located in Florence in June of 1933. He was one of four African-American MDs in Florence between 1890 and 1940.
In June of 1953 Hicks became the first African-American physician elected to the Lauderdale County Medical Society (by a…
Silas and Julia Crittenden Historical and Genealogical Documents
A series of genealogical documents and photos pertaining to Silas and Julia Crittenden of Florence.
Silas Crittenden was born in 1837. His parents are unknown. There is a Silas Crittenden enumerated in the 1870 and 1880 censuses at Crittenden's…
John Moore Returns to Florence
An April 25, 1895 Florence Gazette article reporting that black brick mason John Moore, "who left here three or fours years ago for Oklahoma," had moved back to Florence, deciding that he was better off in Florence.
Color-blind Teacher Taught More than 3 R's
A February 28, 1992 Times Daily "A Chronicle of the Shoals" article written by Teresa Campbell Brewer and Mike Goens on Mrs. Janie Donald, a Tuscumbia, Alabama music teacher who was the first black teacher at West Highland Elementary School in…
Negro Killed by Hit and Run Driver
A Florence Times Monday, May 22, 1950 article reporting that 23 year-old African-American Grant Brown was killed by an unknown hit and run driver near Reynolds Cross Road on Wilson Dam Hwy, Saturday night, May 2, at 11:45 pm.
Felix and Mahala Lovelace Woods and Family.
A photo of Felix Woods and Family, ca. 1910.
Felix Woods (ca. 1852-aft. 1940) was a son of Lewis (ca. 1830-aft. 1880) and Louisa (ca. 1833-aft. 1880) Woods. In 1875 Felix was married to Mahala “Mahaley” Lovelace (ca.1854-1924).
The Woods lived…
Rosanna Gist Ingram (1854-1937) and an Unnamed Child
Rosanna Gist Ingram (1854-1937) was a daughter of David (ca. 1825-aft. 1917) and Martha (ca. 1824-1913) Gist. Rosanna was the wife of Miles Ingram (ca. 1843-1890).
Miles was a slave of the Joseph Ingram plantation near Rogersville in Lauderdale…
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