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Collection: Enslaved People
Tom W. Woods, Federal Writer's Project: Slave Narrative Project, Volume 13
This is an interview of former slave Tom W. Woods who lived in Florence before and during the Civil War.
Mary Ella Grandberry, Federal Writers Project: Slave narrative
Mary Ella Grandberry recounts her experiences as a slave near Sheffield, Alabama.
Jenny Greer, Federal Writers Project: Slave narrative
Jenny Greer recounts her memories of her life as a slave and afterward.
William Henry Towns, Federal Writers Project: Slave narrative
William Henry Towns recalls his life. Born into slavery in Tuscumbia in 1854, Towns recalls his memories from his early life.
Mingo White, Federal Writers Project: slave narrative
Mingo White recounts his life, born into slavery near Russellville, Alabama.
"Trustees Sale of 9 Valuable Negroes"
This is an advertisement for the sale of slaves in the Florence Gazette from 1861.
Abstract of 1824 Census
This is an abstract of the 1824 census for counties in the state of Alabama.
Petition of John H. Rapier, Sr. for the emancipation of his slaves
This is a newspaper clipping about John H. Rapier's petition for the emancipation of his slaves Lucretia, Rebecca, Joseph, Thomas, and Susan. Florence historian Lee Freeman notes: "Freedman and Florence barber John H. Rapier, Sr. (1808-1869) was…
John Coffee's last slave
This is a photograph of one of John Coffee's last slaves. Coffee was a general, land surveyor, and planter who had a plantation near Florence. The description of the photograph reads "A happy hut, Florence, Ala. The last of Gen. John Coffee's…
Public Slave Sales
This is a collection of advertisements for public slave sales that took place in front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Florence.