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City of Florence commemoration letter for Joe Duster
This is a commemoration letter from the City of Florence to Joe Duster to recognize his book, Let Not Your Heart be Hardened, which chronicles his life and recounts his experience as the first African American firefighter in Florence.
People who you Don't Know
This is a list of Burrell graduates along with their achievements.
This is a newspaper article about Milton Franklin, who was a basketball and football coach at Sterling High School and, after integration, Sheffield High School.
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…
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.
"Negro Looks in Window: Slain"
Newspaper article about William Summerhill, who was killed by Ms. Charity Marie Rowell after he looked into her bedroom window.
This is a photograph of Amos Webster with a 95-pound watermelon.
"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…
Obituary for Ruth Clement Bond
This is a transcript of an obituary for Ruth Clement Bond that appeared in the New York Times in 2005.
Photo and bio of Bessie Foster
This is a brief bio and a photograph of Ms. Bessie Foster, who is believed to be the first African American business owner in Florence.