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"The first jury of colored men in Lauderdale County" / The death of Sam Anderson
This is a newspaper clipping about the death of Sam Anderson, who was found dead in Cypress Creek. Hilton Key, Sydney DePriest, and Anderson Hine were among the jurors.
A Friday, April 3, 1931 Florence Herald report of the shooting of African-American Roy Burge with a .45 caliber Winchester rifle by African-American George Vaniger, when Burge allegedly tried to break into Vaniger's house on the corner of Seminary…
Prisoners of War Relatives Meet.
A Friday, May 4, 1945 Florence Herald report of the meeting at the American Red Cross headquarters at the Elks Club in Florence on the previous Saturday of eighteen persons "who had boys from their families in German or Japanese prison camps." A…
Negroes for Sale
An advertisement from the Vicksburg (MS) Register of Thursday, September 1, 1836, for the sale of 110 slaves, including 85 in Grenada, Mississippi and 25 from his residence near Florence, Alabama, which included "6 valuable house servants, and…
Eight Abolitionist Societies in Alabama in the 1830s.
1. Pages 87 and 92 of "Anti-Slavery Sentiment in the South; With Unpublished Letters from John Stuart Mill and Mrs. Stowe" by Stephen D. Weeks, Ph.D.
Concerning the existence of abolitionist societies in Northwest Alabama, Weeks writes:
Service Records of Private Anthony Brannon, Co H, 111th Infantry, United States Colored Troops (USCT)
Anthony Brannon (1843-1929), a son of Wilkins and Adline Brannon, one of about 30 men who served in USCT regiments from Lauderdale County, enlisted in Co H, 111th Infantry, United States Colored Troops when he was 20 years old.
Five feet eight…
Military Service Records of Private Miles Ingram, Co H, 110th Infantry, United States Colored Troops (USCT).
Miles Ingram (ca 1843-1890) was a slave of the Joseph Ingram plantation near Rogersville in Lauderdale County and a private in Co H, 111th Inf, United States Colored Troops (USCT). The 21 year-old, 5 feet 9 inches Ingram enlisted on February 20, 1864…
The Alabama Constitution of 1901
A Series of articles from the Florence Herald, Florence Times and Sheffield Reaper on the 1901 Alabama Constitutional Convention and African-American disenfranchisement.
The True Issue
An April 4, 1861 Florence Gazette reprint of an earlier, Valley Sentinel (a newspaper from Virginia) article, arguing that the main issue behind Southern secession and the impending war was "abolition with the north or slavery with the south. There…
Nativism and Slavery: The Northern No-Nothings & the Politics of the 1850s.
“Know-Nothing” was the nickname given to the Native American Party, which was comprised of native-born white Protestant Americans who feared America was being overrun by German and Irish Roman Catholic immigrants whose chief allegiance was to the…