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This collection contains images, articles, and oral histories related to the African American community. The category encompasses community organizations, festivals, reunions, etc.
Florence-Lauderdale's Negro Library
A series of four Florence Herald and Florence Times articles reporting on the open house of Florence's Negro Library on Monday night, March 22, 1948. The Negro Library, a branch library of the Muscle Shoals Regional Library System, was located in the…
"Floyd's Flowers, or Duty and Beauty: A Book For Colored Children"
This is a newspaper advertisement for a book designed for African American children.
Emancipation Ceremony services
This is a newspaper advertisement for an Emancipation day service held at the Baptist church in Tuscumbia.
Beauty product advertisements: "Curly hair made straight," and "black skin remover."
These are beauty product ad from 1903. One ad is for a hair straightener, the other for a skin lightener/hair straightener.
"Bootleggers on Trial."
"Law and Order League at Work."
"Fined and Appealed."
This article from June 10, 1909 recounts the arrest of "seven or eight" African-American bootleggers who were arraigned in police court on Saturday on a charge preferred by FL "Leon" Soper, a detective for the Law and Order League who claimed the $50…
"Walker Attacked by Negroes when Returning Home."
This article from June of 1929 reports an altercation between Robert H. Walker, a white government employee from Memphis on a visit home to his brother Andrew Walker's, and a group of between eight and ten black men near the entrance to the O'Neal…
"Four Negroes Make Escape from Tuscumbia Jail."
This Florence Herald article was reprinted from the Sheffield Reaper and reports the Monday, October 1, 1906 jailbreak of black prisoners George Gilliam, Les Williamson, Otis Johnson and John Buchanan from the Colbert County jail in Tuscumbia, AL.
This article reports the arrest of 18 year-old black youths Sam Robinson and Monroe Rowell on the charge of breaking and entering the Southern Tire Co. on Thursday night.
"Slayer of 'Wrong Man' Waives Case to Grand Jury."
Reports the August 24, 1958 shotgun slaying of black resident Andy Southern by fellow black Florence resident and TVA employee Lemuel Vaughn, who mistook Southern for an unidentified white man allegedly having an affair with his wife. Vaughn admitted…
Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Come to Tuscumbia
This is a series of articles from the Times Daily of July, 1980 on the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and its efforts to relocate its national headquarters to Tuscumbia, in Colbert County, Alabama.
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