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Ed Hawkins' Head Tragically Caught in a Sorghum Mill
A November 12, 1879 Florence Gazette report of a tragic accident in which teenage African-American Ed Hawkins got his head caught in a sorghum mill, his head being caught between "the lever and a horizontal bar," crushing his left jaw-bone and…
"Uncle" Ben and Wife Nancy Hawkins' Death Records
The Wednesday, July 30, 1873 Florence Times-Journal death notice of Nancy Hawkins (ca. 1808-1873), the wife of "Uncle" Ben Hawkins (1802-1879).
The 1880 Lauderdale County, Alabama Mortality Schedule enumeration for Ben Hawkins, a "laborer" and…
"Uncle" Ben Tucker's 1919 Death Notice
The Thursday, September 11, 1919 death notice of "Uncle" Ben Tucker, who lived on Waterloo Road, said to be 107 years old.
"An Artistic Souvenir"
A November 12, 1919 Florence Herald article reporting that a recent assembly of chapel at the State Normal School in Florence was called to order using a call bell made by former Florentine, Burrell Normal graduate and veteran of the first World War,…
Mrs. JA Simpson's Obituary
The Thursday, July 23, 1959 obituary of Mrs. Nina E. "Eva" Simpson (1889-1959), widow of the late Dr. James A. Simpson, MD (1879-1938), one of eleven black physicians, dentists and druggists in Florence between 1890 and 1940.
Rites for Dr. Simpson to be Held on Friday.
Negro Physician Dies Suddenly.
The September 29, and Sept. 30, 1938 *Florence Times* and *Florence Herald* obituaries of black Florence physician Dr. JA Simpson, MD (1879-1938). Dr. Simpson, one of eleven black physicians, dentists and druggists in Florence between 1890 and 1940,…
An August 8, 1871 report of a tragic accident in which an unnamed black woman, coming home on the train from a "colored pic-nic at Courtland," attempted to jump from one car to another but slipped, her body being severed in twain and the woman…
Brown & Brannon Family Reunion, 2018, Program..
This is the program from the Saturday, June 22, 2018 Brown and Brannon family reunion and Hough Cemetery Restoration Dedication held at 10:00 am at the historic Bailey Springs AME Church (founded ca. 1886) that day.
Brannon and Brown family…
Sarah Lee (Pruitt) Jackson
Sarah Lee Jackson was married to Simon Jackson. She died in 1954. This collection contains a photograph (1) and her obituary (2).
According to Florence historian Lee Freeman, Sarah Pruitt Jackson remarried to a man named Prodigal Rowell (ca.…
This is a photograph (1) and obituary (2) relating to Simon Jackson. According to Florence historian Lee Freeman: "In June of 1908 Simon Jackson married Sarah Lee Pruitt (ca. 1888-aft. 1930), a daughter of Albert Pruitt and Matilda Thompson, and the…