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A Series of Newspaper Articles and Other Documents on Florence Physician Dr. Leonard Jerry Hicks, MD (1899-1973).
Dr. Hicks located in Florence in June of 1933. He was one of four African-American MDs in Florence between 1890 and 1940.
In June of 1953 Hicks became the first African-American physician elected to the Lauderdale County Medical Society (by a…
Silas and Julia Crittenden Historical and Genealogical Documents
A series of genealogical documents and photos pertaining to Silas and Julia Crittenden of Florence.
Silas Crittenden was born in 1837. His parents are unknown. There is a Silas Crittenden enumerated in the 1870 and 1880 censuses at Crittenden's…
John Moore Returns to Florence
An April 25, 1895 Florence Gazette article reporting that black brick mason John Moore, "who left here three or fours years ago for Oklahoma," had moved back to Florence, deciding that he was better off in Florence.
Color-blind Teacher Taught More than 3 R's
A February 28, 1992 Times Daily "A Chronicle of the Shoals" article written by Teresa Campbell Brewer and Mike Goens on Mrs. Janie Donald, a Tuscumbia, Alabama music teacher who was the first black teacher at West Highland Elementary School in…
Negro Killed by Hit and Run Driver
A Florence Times Monday, May 22, 1950 article reporting that 23 year-old African-American Grant Brown was killed by an unknown hit and run driver near Reynolds Cross Road on Wilson Dam Hwy, Saturday night, May 2, at 11:45 pm.
Felix and Mahala Lovelace Woods and Family.
A photo of Felix Woods and Family, ca. 1910.
Felix Woods (ca. 1852-aft. 1940) was a son of Lewis (ca. 1830-aft. 1880) and Louisa (ca. 1833-aft. 1880) Woods. In 1875 Felix was married to Mahala “Mahaley” Lovelace (ca.1854-1924).
The Woods lived…
Rosanna Gist Ingram (1854-1937) and an Unnamed Child
Rosanna Gist Ingram (1854-1937) was a daughter of David (ca. 1825-aft. 1917) and Martha (ca. 1824-1913) Gist. Rosanna was the wife of Miles Ingram (ca. 1843-1890).
Miles was a slave of the Joseph Ingram plantation near Rogersville in Lauderdale…
Rev. Fred Watkins and Colonel Tom McKnight
This is an account of Colonel Thomas McKnight's journey to discover his ancestors, including the Rev. Fred Watkins and Sopia Naphier Watkins, a cook for Helen Keller's family in Tuscumbia.
Old Uncle Henry Beckwith
Part of the Thursday, June 7, 1900 "Rhodesville Items" column in the Florence Herald by the correspondent "Abraham," noting that respected Rhodesville African-American resident. "Uncle" Henry Beckwith was mentally ill, believing he was a prisoner of…
"An Old Landmark Gone"
This is a newspaper obituary for Leander Harris, 76 or 78, who was enslaved by Thomas Kirkman and was a jockey for James F. Jackson. Leander was the father of Bill Harris.