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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.
Archie Skipworth Drowned
A Thursday, July 4, 1901 Florence Herald report from a column titled "In Colored Circles" of the accidental drowning of black resident Archie Skipworth while crossing the Tennessee River to Jones Island in a skiff.
William Ragland's Mishap Crossing Cox's Creek
A Wednesday, January 25, 1882 Lauderdale News report of the mishap of African-American resident William Ragland, who lost a mule and four sacks of corn while attempting to cross Cox's Creek when his wagon got into deep water. Ragland and the other…
Henry Barnett the Oakland (in Lauderdale County) Weather Prophet
An excerpt from "Oakland Notes" by the correspondent "Oakland" writing the news and gossip of that community in SW Lauderdale County to the Florence Herald of July 6, 1899, and pitting local African-American, weather prognosticator and "long distance…
"Doctor is Honored."
A July 23, 1961 Florence Times photo of Dr. Leonard Jerry Hicks being presented with a letter of commendation from Gov. John Patterson, a Certificate of Appreciation from Pres. John F. Kennedy and the National Director of Selective Service, and a…
William Smith of 127 Burrell St
This is a photograph of William Smith of 127 Burrell Street. Smith's mule-drawn wagon had a flat tire in downtown Florence and was assisted by Hood Tire Exchange.
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…