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The Second Ku Klux Klan in Florence-Lauderdale
There are reports in national newspapers of Klan activity in Florence in the late 1860s however the two local early Reconstruction era papers--the Florence Journal and Literary Index--do not report any of this Klan violence thus I'm inclined to…
"A Colored Minister"
A May 5, 1896 letter to the editor of the Florence, Alabama Florence Times by Rev. SM Harkins of Birmingham, Alabama, praising the Florence Times as among other things, "broad and liberal, and has thus begotten a spirit of justice that would do…
Florence-Lauderdale's Negro Library
A series of four Florence Herald and Florence Times articles reporting on the open house of Florence's Negro Library on Monday night, March 22, 1948. The Negro Library, a branch library of the Muscle Shoals Regional Library System, was located in the…
"Floyd's Flowers, or Duty and Beauty: A Book For Colored Children"
This is a newspaper advertisement for a book designed for African American children.
Emancipation Ceremony services
This is a newspaper advertisement for an Emancipation day service held at the Baptist church in Tuscumbia.
Beauty product advertisements: "Curly hair made straight," and "black skin remover."
These are beauty product ad from 1903. One ad is for a hair straightener, the other for a skin lightener/hair straightener.
"Bootleggers on Trial."
"Law and Order League at Work."
"Fined and Appealed."
This article from June 10, 1909 recounts the arrest of "seven or eight" African-American bootleggers who were arraigned in police court on Saturday on a charge preferred by FL "Leon" Soper, a detective for the Law and Order League who claimed the $50…
"Walker Attacked by Negroes when Returning Home."
This article from June of 1929 reports an altercation between Robert H. Walker, a white government employee from Memphis on a visit home to his brother Andrew Walker's, and a group of between eight and ten black men near the entrance to the O'Neal…
"Four Negroes Make Escape from Tuscumbia Jail."
This Florence Herald article was reprinted from the Sheffield Reaper and reports the Monday, October 1, 1906 jailbreak of black prisoners George Gilliam, Les Williamson, Otis Johnson and John Buchanan from the Colbert County jail in Tuscumbia, AL.
This article reports the arrest of 18 year-old black youths Sam Robinson and Monroe Rowell on the charge of breaking and entering the Southern Tire Co. on Thursday night.