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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.
In Colored Circles
A Thursday, July 1, 1901 Florence Herald column reporting on the news from Florence's African-American community.
"Get A Free Chest X-Ray for Tuberculosis."
A Florence Herald Thursday, June 30, 1955 notice/schedule for the free tuberculosis screening clinics in Florence-Lauderdale, including the Burrell High School and Carver Homes Community Center for black residents.
Original Klan Activity in Florence
This is a collection of articles related to the original Ku Klux Klan that formed just after the Civil War.
The Ku Klux Klan was founded in late May or June of 1866 by six bored ex-Confederates in Pulaski, Tennessee; these men young men wanted to…
The Second Ku Klux Klan in Florence-Lauderdale
More research needs to be done however it doesn’t appear as though Florence actually had a Klavern, or Klan chapter, until April of 1925 because public sentiment in Florence-Lauderdale was generally opposed to the Klan. According to the Florence…
"A Colored Minister"
A May 5, 1896 letter to the editor of the Florence, Alabama Florence Times by Rev. SM Harkins of Birmingham, Alabama, praising the Florence Times as among other things, "broad and liberal, and has thus begotten a spirit of justice that would do…
The WC Handy Library
A series of Florence Herald and Florence Times articles reporting on the open house of the WC Handy Library on Monday night, March 22, 1948. Originally simply the Florence Negro Library, the facility, a branch library of the Muscle Shoals Regional…
"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…
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