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Collection: Sports and Recreation
"Burrell Says Goodbye to Athletes"
This is a newspaper article about the closing of Burrell Slater High School.
"Tigers Finish Strong"
This is a newspaper photograph of the Burrell-Slater High school basketball team.
"Burrell Star Signs"
This is a newspaper photo of William Weakley, who signed a scholarship to play basketball at Florence State University after graduating from Burrell Slater High School. Also pictured are coach Harvest Mitchell, Burrell principal W.H. Lewis, Florence…
This is a newspaper photograph of Harvest Mitchell, Burrell-Slater football coach, receiving an award from James Ford on behalf of the Top Hatters Club in 1969.
"Lauderdale County Champions"
This is a newspaper photo of the Burrell Slater Tigers, Lauderdale County Tournament champions from 1969.
"Burrell Downs Deshler in Thriller"
This is an article about the Burrell-Slater/ Deshler High School basketball game in 1968. This was the first time an all-black team played a previously all-white team in the Shoals area, and 2,500 fans watched as Burrell defeated Deshler, 92-90.
"A Little History Making Aids Burrell's Mitchell"
This is an article about the leadup to a basketball game between the all-black Burrell-Slater High School team and the previously all-white Deshler High team from Tuscumbia.
Bobby Joe Pride
This is a photograph of Bobby Joe Pride, one of the first African American players for the Florence State University football team.
This is a newspaper photograph featuring Leonard "Rabbit" Thomas and Bobby Joe Pride, the first African Americans to play football for Florence State.
This is a newspaper advertisement for a baseball game between Florence and Athens, with accommodations for white and black people.