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This collection is a database for research materials pertaining to African American history in the Shoals area.
The Search for the Promised Land: A Slave Family in the Old South
This book examines the Thomas and Rapier families of Florence, Alabama.
Rambles of a Runaway from Southern Slavery
This book tells of the life of Henry Goings, born Elisha Turner, who escapes from slavery. Goings was born in Virginia and brought to Florence where he worked on the Smith plantation near the Forks of Cypress.
"The Kidnapped and the Ransomed. Being the Personal Recollections of Peter Still and his Wife "Vina," after Forty Years of Slavery" Electronic Edition.
This is a link to an online version of Peter Still's account of his struggle to gain his freedom.
The Negro's Civil War: How African-American Blacks Felt and Acted During the War for the Union
Florence historian Lee Freman: "A classic study by one of the nation's foremost academic Civil War scholars. 1965, 1993 Vintage Civil War Library. Examines the black experience during the Civil War. "
Black Catholics in the United States
Florence historian Lee Freeman: "A nice overview of black Catholics in the US from Colonial times to the present. Contains information on the antebellum black Catholic population of Mobile. In the mid-1940s Florence African-American businesswoman…
Black Southerners in Confederate Armies: A Collection of Historical Accounts
Florence historian Lee Freeman notes that this book "examines multiple facets of the service of blacks on behalf of the Confederate war effort. The cover is of three Lauderdale County, AL black Confederate cooks/body-servants, from l, George W.…
Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area/ African American Heritage
This is a link to the African American Heritage page of the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area's website.
This book examines African Americans and the Confederate war effort.
"A Slave Family in the Ante-Bellum South"
This is a link to an article about the Rapier family of Florence, Alabama.
"SLAVE MISSIONS AND MEMBERSHIP IN NORTH ALABAMA"
This is a link to a thesis written by Eric Blake McLendon that concerns religion during slavery in north Alabama.
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